Sound Byte: National Weather Service Snow & Wind Advisory

Dear Member Districts,

The National Weather Service has issued a lowland snow and high winds warning that will remain in effect from 1pm Tuesday afternoon – 11/29 to 10am Wednesday morning – 11/30.

  • WHAT…Snow and high winds expected. Snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches and Southeast winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.
  • WHERE…Bellevue and vicinity, including Mill Creek, Kenmore, Kirkland, and Issaquah and Seattle and vicinity, including Shoreline, Vashon Island, Mercer Island, White Center, Kent, and Algona.
  • WHEN…From 1 PM this afternoon to 10 AM Wednesday.
  • IMPACTS…Slippery road conditions and high winds. Hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.
  • ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Snow accumulations likely Tuesday afternoon and evening, especially on higher hills and during heavier showers. Transition to rain is likely for many spots overnight, but snow amounts are likely to be highly variable around these locations.
  • PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…Slow down and use caution while traveling. Use extra caution when driving in windy conditions, especially if operating a high-profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.
  • For the latest road conditions in Washington state, call 5 1 1.

In preparation of the upcoming snow and cold weather, PSWCT-UP recommends districts take the following action:

  • Keep a staff telephone contact list current for emergencies and send snow day procedure reminders to staff.
  • Post timely announcements on the district website/apps or other district social media platforms.
  • Remind staff to be aware of their environment and wear proper footwear. Staff exposures to slips and falls increases dramatically during inclement weather conditions. Slips and falls are one of the leading causes of workplace injuries.
  • Report potentially hazardous areas/unsafe conditions immediately so action can be taken to correct the issue or keep pedestrians out of the area (i.e., slick areas, wet floors, icy sidewalks, etc.)
  • Ensure that building custodians shovel, sand and/or salt exterior stairs and paths to clear ice and snow. Be careful not to create slipping hazards by stacking snow in locations relative to walkways in which runoff would freeze, causing slippery conditions.
  • Monitor and maintain building temperatures at a minimum of 55 degrees Fahrenheit or higher during freezing conditions.

Please feel free to contact your Risk Consultant for any questions.

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