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Prepare for winter weather

Post Date:11/06/2019 3:39 pm

Fall and winter storms are very common in the Pacific Northwest. We are committed to helping the Shoreline community prepare through advanced planning, education, and awareness. We urge you to understand the natural threats that may exist in your neighborhood and be prepared. Visit to find out how you can better prepare for winter storms.

Snow removal

When it snows, our plows concentrate their efforts on arterial roads (primary routes) to accommodate fire, medical, and police responses, as well as Metro transit, and school buses. As long as snow continues to fall, we will only plow primary routes. Once the snow has stopped and all primary routes are clear, plows will move to secondary roads before moving into neighborhoods. If at any time it starts snowing again while plows are clearing secondary or neighborhood streets, the plows will return to the primary routes and the process of clearing streets will begin again. While we will eventually get to all streets, it might take several days after the final snow before residents see a plow on their street. Snow plowing route maps are available at

Power outages

Seattle City Light’s website allows you to check the status of a power outage by going to You can contact Seattle City Light for more information through their website or by calling (206) 684-3000.

Property owner responsibilities

Shoreline property owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice off driveways and sidewalks near their property, including the ridge of snow left along the edge of driveways by snow plows. We cannot plow individual driveways. If you plow snow or have it removed from your property, do not place the snow in the public right-of-way. This is illegal and can lead to hazardous street conditions. Please keep the removed snow on your own property or arrange to have the snow removed to another private property location. Also, to help prevent pooling water or flooding, please help clear catch basins to make way for runoff from melting snow.

Only drive if necessary

The City encourages you to stay home during heavy snowstorms unless there is an emergency. If you must travel, we ask that you use public transportation whenever possible. Before heading to the transit stop, check with the transportation provider to see if they are running on altered snow routes.

Garbage & recycling pick-up

Icy streets may prevent Recology CleanScapes from collecting garbage and recycling on designated days. To learn more about adverse weather and holiday policies, visit or call (206) 763-4444. 

Protect your pipes 

Every winter, frozen pipes cause damage in homes, apartments, and businesses. When frozen pipes thaw, they can cause cracks, flooding, and water damage. To avoid this, keep your heat on at least 40 degrees, especially when on vacation.


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