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City of Seattle Update on Winter Weather Response


Seattle (December 26, 2021) - With snowfall accumulation between 3” and 6” in parts of Seattle, some city services have been impacted. The National Weather Service expects some continued snow accumulation, and the City will face extremely cold temperatures until at least Wednesday. The extreme cold temperatures will present a risk of icy conditions.

With significant snow fall accumulation, the City is urging residents and businesses:

  • Avoid and postpone road travel whenever possible.

  • Salt and shove sidewalks adjacent to their property to ensure they remain safe and accessible. Not only is it the law; it is the right thing to do.

On Friday, December 24, Mayor Durkan signed an emergency order to help increase the number of frontline workers during the surge of Omicron. Under this winter weather emergency, Mayor Durkan’s emergency order provides incentives of at least $150 for frontline workers and human service providers who will be working in person and staffing emergency shelters and warming centers during the holidays and surge of Omicron.

Working with providers and city staff, the City of Seattle announced four additional shelters that will open overnight today and tomorrow and additional capacity at regional shelters like Shoreline.

The following are updates from City departments and partners:

*UPDATED * Seattle Department of Transportation: Starting Saturday, crews began patrolling and pretreating roads, overpasses, and bridges ahead of Sunday morning’s snowfall. Currently, SDOT has over 35 storm response vehicles operating on 1,200 miles of snow routes and will continue 24/7 operations as needed. Top priorities are protecting public safety and clearing critical routes to hospitals and emergency centers, while making sure people have reliable access to transit. The online Storm Response Map shares real-time information on which roads have been recently plowed. The technology transferring information is not functioning on a few snow response vehicles at this time and will not be repaired until the storm has passed, so more routes are being treated than shown.

Don’t drive if you don’t have to during the snowstorm and after due to likely icy conditions. Monday, December 27, will be treated as a holiday for on-street parking to discourage unnecessary driving during the storm response. It will be a free parking day, and time limits will not enforced unless specifically stated.

SDOT urges community members:

  • Clear sidewalks next to your property and lend a helping hand to your neighbors who may not be able.

  • If you must drive, please slow down and be careful. Watch out for others and leave plenty of room from snowplows and other vehicles.

  • Make sure your car is safe for winter driving and pay attention to road closure signs.

  • Be cautious, low temperatures mean icy streets and sidewalks.

  • Sled in our parks, not in the street.

  • Visit the SDOT Winter Weather webpage or read this blog post for more ideas. Visit MetroWinter.com for King County Metro transit updates.

Day Centers and Warming Centers: The City of Seattle has designated a series of facilities as warming centers across the City.

Open Currently:

  • Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes (Operated by Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle): 600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104. Opened Sunday, December 26 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm as needed through January 2, 2022. 5th Avenue Entry and meals provided by Operation Sack Lunch.

  • Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109, Campus Map (seattlecenter.com), Opens daily at 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, 206-684-7200

  • Compass Housing Alliance Day Center (adjacent to night shelter, open as staffing capacity allows), 77 S Washington St, Seattle, WA 98104, Monday to Friday 9;00 am to 4:00 pm, 206-474-1000

Opening Monday, December 27:

  • International District/Chinatown Community Center: 719 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104. Hours vary daily. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 11:00 am- 9:00 pm; Tuesday and Thursday: 10am-7pm; Saturday: 10:00 am-7:00pm (5:00 p.m. in normal closing);

  • Magnuson Park Building #406: 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115. Printable Park Map. Monday and Tuesday 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm; Saturday 10am-7pm (normally closed).

  • Northgate Community Center: 10510 5th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125. Open M-F: 9:00 am-7:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am-7:00 pm (normally closed) 206-386-4823.

  • Rainier Beach Community Center: 8825 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118. Hours vary daily Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 7:00 pm (normally 6:30 p.m.), Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 pm, 206-386-1925

Additional day centers, which are existing programs that are open year-round to support people experiencing homelessness, including during severe weather response, are on the King County Homelessness Authority guide and City’s Hygiene Map which can be filtered to show locations across the city. Anyone in need of day or evening shelter, including youth and families, can call 2-1-1 for intake and referral help.

*UPDATED* Shelter and Outreach: The City of Seattle, along with providers, will now open six Severe Weather Shelters to serve community members nightly who are experiencing homelessness.

Shelters are accessible via Metro, and the City of Seattle and King County Regional Homelessness Authority have partnered on rideshare transportation options. The HOPE Team in addition to first responders (including SPD and SFD) are also transporting individuals to sites.

The City of Seattle continues to work with providers and the King County Regional Homelessness Authority to evaluate if additional spaces can be staffed: