Winter Weather Response

We teamed up with Rooted in Rights to create a video to educate people on the importance of clearing snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their homes, businesses, and job sites. This information makes it easier and safer for everyone to get around after a winter storm!

Our snow and ice plan includes keeping major streets open and passable — to the greatest extent possible — within 12 hours of a lull in a storm. Our goal is to ensure that the city is up and running as soon as possible following inclement weather, and we aim to secure access to important places like hospitals and grocery stores as quickly as we can. 

Check out our Winter Weather Snow and Ice Route Map to know what to expect.

Download the Winter Weather Snow and Ice Route Map

We commit to using all the tools at our disposal to make sure the people of Seattle and our interagency partners are fully informed and involved in our snow response. We work together with Metro to keep bus routes as clear of snow and ice as possible. The goal is to enable people to get around the city by bus, making it easier to leave their cars at home.

How You Can Help

We all have a part to play after a winter storm. You can help in several ways!

  • Keep everyone moving by clearing snow and ice from sidewalks and storm drains. Businesses, residents, and contractors at job sites are responsible for shoveling and de-icing the sidewalks next to their property or job site.
  • Know the routes on our Winter Weather Snow and Ice Route Map.
  • During major winter storms, plan your trips using our interactive Winter Weather Response Map to see where the snow plows have been and viewing traffic cameras.

View the Winter Weather Response Map

Drivers have some special responsibilities. If driving is unavoidable, drivers are responsible for outfitting their cars for winter weather, including chains or other traction devices. We will plow snow to the right so that melting snow will not pass back over the street surface and refreeze when the temperature drops at night. If your car is parked on a snow route, you may have to dig it out.

Winter Weather Brochure and Snow Route Map

Our annual winter weather brochure has a large map of Seattle's snow and ice routes, lists important telephone numbers and websites to use during winter storms, and offers preparedness tips. 

We distribute these free brochures to all Seattle Public Library branches, City of Seattle Customer Service Centers, and to all Seattle Public School elementary schools. Our annual winter weather brochure has a large map of Seattle's snow and ice routes, lists important telephone numbers and websites to use during winter storms, and offers preparedness tips.