Snow plows are not effective on compact snow and ice

Monday, December 27, 2021

February 2021 snow plow on 15th NE
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Every local city has snow plows out to try to clear the streets.

Crews continue to work primary and secondary routes; however, plows are not effective on compact snow and ice. 

They are best cleared under thawing conditions and the thaw is not expected until the weekend.

Only after primary and secondary roads are clear will crews start working neighborhood streets and many streets will never be touched.

Many dangerous sections of road have been closed - watch for and observe the signs.

Please don't drive unless you need to be out. With these cold temperatures, ice will be a significant issue, creating dangerous driving conditions. If you do have to go out, clear the snow from your vehicle first so it doesn't fly off and hit other vehicles and put loose snow / ice on cleared roads.

Many restaurants and businesses are closing because of weather conditions. 


Andre December 28, 2021 at 7:57 AM  

Just curious, what is the City of Seattle doing differently than the City of Shoreline in clearing their roads? It is painfully obvious driving along Aurora. Once you cross 145th St Aurora is much clearer in Seattle than in Shoreline. Please don't tell me that it is weather related. Weather does not respect City boundaries to the extreme that is seen before and after 145th St.

DKH December 29, 2021 at 2:17 AM  

They are dropping large amounts of chemicals and salt on the streets. It makes driving easier for a while but the salt rusts out the underside of vehicles and the chemicals wash into the ground water.

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