By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
The National Weather Service forecasts very cold temperatures and possible snow accumulations beginning Sunday night, January 12, 2020. Lows in the teens and twenties and highs below freezing means driving will be very tricky.
In order to prepare for possible snow accumulation, the City of Mill Creek asked their contracted snow plowing company to begin staging equipment at Mill Creek City Hall on Friday afternoon, January 10th.
This means snow plowing can begin very quickly if snow begins to accumulate.
The snow plowing contractor will focus on plowing Bothell-Everett Highway (SR 527) and 132nd Street SE (SR 96) if necessary.
The city's Public Works crew will focus efforts on sanding and de-icing. The city can request assistance from Snohomish County if needed.
Snohomish County’s Department of Emergency Management encourages residents to prepare with the following tips:
- Get your grocery shopping done.
- Top off the gas tanks in your vehicles.
- Protect pets.
- Wear extra layers of outwear or pack them in your vehicle (jackets, hats, gloves, extra socks, etc.).
- Update your emergency kit with food, water, a flashlight, blankets and prescription medications.
- Make sure cell phones are charged.
- Prepare your household for an extended period of cold weather, including protecting pipes.
- Ready for the potential of being without electricity. If you lose power, visit the Snohomish County PUD outage center: https://bit.ly/39Uwl4x.
- Check on your neighbors. They may need help getting ready, too.
Please only dial 911 with life-threatening emergencies.
The City of Mill Creek’s non-emergency phone number is 425-745-1891.
Snohomish County’s non-emergency phone number is 425-407-3999.
National Weather Service forecast. Image courtesy of National Weather Service.
City of Mill Creek Snow and Ice Priority Plan. Image courtesy of City of Mill Creek.