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Winter Weather Update for Shoreline - February 13 at 10:00 a.m.

Post Date:02/13/2019 9:51 am

UPDATE:  Hopefully, this will be the last Winter Weather Update! 

It should be warmer today, which will help melt snow off roadways; however, temperatures will drop to below freezing tonight, which means roads could refreeze tonight. Be extra careful tomorrow morning. The next storm system is supposed to move through Thursday and will continue into early Saturday. Good news is that the temperatures should remain above freezing, so precipitation will fall as rain. For the latest weather forecast go to National Weather Service.

There is still the potential for the existing wet, heavy snow to cause tree limbs to snap and fall. Please use extreme caution in treed areas. Falling limbs can fall on power lines and cause power outages. DO NOT try to clear branches from lines or go near any downed power lines. Call Seattle City Light at (206) 684-3000 or (206) 684-7400 to report downed lines or call 911 to address any situation where a downed line might cause a dangerous situation.

What to do when the power goes out

As a reminder, the City does not clear sidewalks. Shoreline homeowners and business/property owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice off driveways and sidewalks near their property. Please be careful as sidewalks can be slick.

Parks are open; however, we encourage visitors to use caution. Wet, heavy snow can cause tree branches to snap and trees to fall. Please stay out from under trees and avoid forested park areas during the current weather conditions.


Primary and secondary routes are mostly clear. Crews have moved to neighborhood streets and will continue to work them throughout the day. Thank you again for your patience as we clear roads. This storm was a big one, so it will take time to get back to normal. City staff from all departments have been working around the clock to support crews who are out clearing roads and addressing other issues as they arise. Shoreline Police and Shoreline Fire have also been working around the clock to help residents in need. To report issues, please call (206) 801-2700 or submit a service request via SeeClickFix.

Learn more about the City's response during a snow event and to see maps for the primary and secondary plowing routes at

Storm drains and localized flooding

As the snow melts, street drains and culverts can plug as chunks of snow and slush move towards the drainage inlets. If this occurs there may be localized flooding as the water ponds or bypasses plugged drains. City maintenance crews will be clearing drainage inlets and culverts, but may not be able to catch them all in advance of a problem. You can help prevent problems in your area - if you see snow plugging a drain or culvert consider clearing it and putting the snow uphill of the drain where it can melt without causing problems.

Locate storm drains near your house

A similar situation can arise on roofs with snow that may plug roof drains or scuppers as it melts. If possible, monitor your roof and maintain the roof drains. Some structures, such as out buildings and car ports, are at a higher risk of collapse under wet snow, so please use caution.

Road Closures

Roads remain hazardous in many locations, especially side roads in neighborhoods. Residents are advised to continue to stay off the roads if possible. The City has posted road closure signs on some of our known danger spots. You can see where on the Snow Event Closure Map.

The following roads remain closed:

  • NW 204th St. from 16th Pl NW to 17th Pl NW
  • 190th Pl NW from 22nd Ave. NW to Richmond Beach Rd.
  • N 167th St. from Ashworth Ave. N and Wallingford Ave. N
  • NE 185th St. from 10th Ave. NE and 12th Ave. NE
  • Stone Ave N at N 145th St. to Dead End
  • 15th Ave. NE from NE 196th St. to NE 200th St.
  • N 188th St. from Midvale Ave. N to Stone Ave. N

Facility closures and/or hours of operations:

City Hall

  • Wednesday, Feb. 13 - Open for normal operating hours

Spartan Recreation Center

  • Wednesday, Feb. 13 - Open for normal operating hours

Shoreline Pool

  • Wednesday, Feb. 13 - Open for normal operating hours

Richmond Highlands Recreation Center

  • Wednesday, Feb. 13 - CHOICES program is CANCELED due to limited ACCESS service. The Teen program will be OPEN normal operating hours.

Public Transit

Metro has switched to snow routes. For more information, visit Metro's website.

Garbage, Recycling, and Food Scrap Collection

Recology will be collecting today for Wednesday customers. It is possible that there will still be some spots Recology can't get to. If you have Wednesday service and they miss you today, contact Recology.  

For Monday and Tuesday customers who have been most impacted by collection issues, Recology has set up a dumpster at the first parking lot in Hamlin Park (16006 15th Ave. NE) for you to bring garbage to if you wish. The dumpster will be open and staffed through Friday, Feb. 15, between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. This is for garbage only, no large items accepted. Check for the latest updates on service or contact them at or (206) 763-4444.

If you have a missed collection, here are tips for putting out excess garbage and recycling:

  • Put extra garbage in a plastic bag or your own garbage can and put it next to your regular garbage
  • Put extra recycling in a paper bag or cardboard box next to your recycling bin or, if it's too wet to do so, put extra recycling in your own bin/container, clearly labeled ‘recycling,’ and place it next to your recycling bin 
  • Shoreline customers impacted by the snow delay in their collection service may pick up extra 55-gallon garbage and recycling bags during open hours at the locations listed below. Limit 2 bags per household.  
  • Please protect your materials from blowing away by making sure bins are closed.

Questions? Email or call (206) 763-4444.  

The Recology Store
15235 Aurora Ave. N
Shoreline, WA 98133
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm


Shoreline City Hall
17500 Midvale Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133
Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm

Winter Storm Resources

Shoreline StormReady
Seattle City Light Outage Map
Power Outage Safety and carbon monoxide poisoning prevention information
Recology Cleanscapes service updates
Metro Transit snow routing alerts
Community Transit
NOAA Weather Updates

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