Weather update: light snow expected for Seattle-Bellevue around 5 p.m.


The National Weather Service has advised that a band of light snow will move into the Tacoma area about 4 p.m. and into the Seattle-Bellevue area around 5 p.m. Expect slick roadways even with the light accumulations that are expected with this band.

Another more significant period of snow will likely move into the area between 7 and 10 p.m. This band has the potential to produce 1 to 3 inches of snow, affecting the tail end of the evening commute.

Please let safety be your guide when making commute decisions. When an agency remains open, but conditions prevent you from reporting to work on time, notify your supervisor as soon as possible. You may request leave, subject to approval by your supervisor. If you have no leave accrued, your supervisor may approve leave without pay to cover absences. Sick leave may not be used. Refer to HR Bulletin 2011-0009 County Operations During Emergency Situations and Inclement Weather.

Goat Hill Garage: If you park at the Goat Hill Garage or work at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle, snow or ice could lead to the closure of roads in the vicinity. The City of Seattle has provided these alternative driving routes of the area (see two-page map of routes):

Leaving Goat Hill Garage if Jefferson Street exit is closed:

Route to I-5 or I-90

  • Sixth Avenue to Yesler – turn left (east) on Yesler
  • Yesler to Boren – turn left (north) on Boren
  • Boren to James – turn left (west) on James
  • Continue on James to I-5 ramps

Alternate route to I-90

  • Sixth Avenue to Yesler – turn left (east) on Yesler
  • Yesler to Boren – turn right (south) on Boren
  • Boren to Rainier Ave – continue on Boren to Rainier Ave
  • Continue on Rainier Ave to I-90 ramp

Resources for commuters

Productivity: If you have a Telecommuting Agreement and plan to telecommute, make sure that you check your VPN access ahead of time, and report any issues to the KCIT Service Center ( or 206-263-4357). Please remember that many work functions can be accomplished remotely without logging into the King County Network. You don’t need remote network access for email (, online meetings and messaging (Skype for Business, formerly Lync), access to PeopleSoft, or to work on shared documents (SharePoint). All of these services are accessible from the Internet; simply connect to the web address (URL) from your location and log in.

Stay Informed: During an emergency make sure you’re getting the latest King County information on how you are affected, at work and at home:

  • Call the Employee Hotline—206-205-8600 (save it in your phone now!).
  • Check your King County email.
  • Go to
  • Contact your supervisor.
  • Follow King County on Twitter—@kcemployees@kcnews, and @kcmetrobus.
  • Check your agency website or Intranet (if applicable), and monitor local media channels.
  • Visit the Emergency News page at for regional impacts.

Superior Court employees: Information will be provided on the Superior Court website, or by calling the following hotlines for recorded updates on the status of work locations.

  • Seattle courthouse/NJB employees: 206-205-6747
  • MRJC courthouse employees: 206-205-6746
  • Youth Services Center employees: 206-205-6747.

District Court employees: Call the employee Information emergency telephone line at 206-296-6820 for recorded information, or check the District Court website for updates on operational status.

Sheriff’s Office employees: All operations that are staffed on a 24-hour basis, or staffed by commissioned detectives or deputies, are considered essential, and employees scheduled to report to work in these operations are required to report to work despite emergency conditions or closure of other county operations. Refer to the King County Sheriff’s Office Inclement Weather Policy.