Winter Weather Seminar receives warm reception 

Pictured: King County Office of Emergency Management Director Walt Hubbard welcomes participants and introduces professionals from National Weather Service, Puget Sound Energy, Public Health, and King County departments.

More than 100 regional stakeholders gathered together October 12 for our 6th Annual Winter Weather Seminar. Facing another La Nina forecast, NWS Seattle’s Ted Buehner said we can expect cooler and wetter than average conditions this winter season. Already we’ve seen snowfall at low elevations and stage 2 flooding in some areas. Professional experts assured participants we are ready for whatever Mother Nature sends our way.   

The event also provided an opportunity to reflect on past events and lessons learned. Of note was praise from King County Road Services for a collective response to a road washout that isolated a community in the Duvall area, and required quick coordination with King County Emergency Management, Roads, and the Sheriff’s Office.   

Our annual Winter Weather Seminars are important for bringing together frontline agencies to share information and resources as we plan for the impacts of winter weather. Together, we enhance each other’s ability to respond to and recover from our most hazardous season.