Snow, ice and extreme cold can play havoc with a city's transportation system and have an impact on residents' homes. However, a bit of planning before the extreme weather, or following common-sense tips once a storm has hit, can limit problems. To learn more about preparation and response to snow and ice in Bellevue, check out our pictograms (available in fifteen languages) and the answers to these frequently asked questions. A short ice and snow video provides additional information and a longer video provides even more. Visit the "Take Winter By Storm" website to find out how you can prepare for extreme weather conditions.
City's Snow Response
The Utilities Department begins preparing early for the snow season by getting snow equipment ready, stockpiling supplies, training staff for emergency response and updating the snow response priorities map.
During a snow storm, city crews work around the clock. Designated citywide and neighborhood priority routes are cleared first to accommodate fire, medical and police response, as well as transit, school buses and commuter traffic. If snowfall is continuous, those arterials may require repeated plowing and sanding before crews can work to clear neighborhood streets.
To report hazardous road conditions, call Utilities Operations and Maintenance at any time at 425-452-7840. To report power outages or downed power lines, call Puget Sound Energy at 1-888-225-5773.
Driving on Ice and Snow
Ice and snow, combined with Bellevue's steep hills, can make for hazardous driving conditions. The city has joined a state and national campaign, "Ice and Snow, Take it Slow," to raise awareness about winter driving. The campaign reminds drivers of safe driving tactics in winter conditions, including slower speeds, slower acceleration, slower steering and slower braking. A summary of the following winter driving tips is also available.
Also see AAA's How to Go on Ice and Snow brochure.
Severe cold can freeze the water in your pipes, causing them to burst. Be cautious with alternative ways of heating your home. If freezing temperatures are in the forecast, take the following steps:
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