UPDATE: District Court, most Superior Court and PAO operations closed today, normal operations for most Executive branch operations, other agencies on delayed opening


District Court will close today except for essential staff for in-custody calendars. Superior Court will close with the exception of both Chief Criminal courts (10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and Juvenile Court first appearance calendar (10:30 – 11:30 a.m.). Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is closed with the exception of certain calendars.

Department of Assessments and King County Council will open on a two-hour delay. Elections will operate with Critical Crew In-Person, Online Support & Ballot Box Closing.

Most Executive branch operations will open as normally scheduled today to ensure that customers can access as many of our services as possible during this winter snow event. Unless otherwise directed by department leadership, employees are expected to report to work as scheduled. If you are able to safely commute to your worksite or have an agreement in place to telecommute or work at an alternative location, please do so.

When an agency remains open, but conditions prevent you from reporting to work or from reporting 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. Please refer to HR Bulletin 2011-0009 County Operations During Emergency Situations and Inclement Weather to learn more.

We appreciate the many employees who were able to be onsite or telework today to deliver the services on which our customer rely. This storm event has made commuting in our region very difficult for many employees. Your supervisors will work with you and be as flexible as possible, given the circumstances and our leave policies. We appreciate our thousands of employees who are doing their best to serve the residents of our County and deliver the best possible service during this protracted winter event.

King County Metro Transit remains on Emergency Snow Network Tuesday while our system recovers from this event. Buses are limited to just 60 core routes, with severely limited or no service in some areas of the county. Please allow for another 30-60 minutes in your travel schedules and prepare alternate travel plans if your route is not in service, and connect to Link light rail service where possible. Dress warmly and be prepared for crowding and potentially longer waits at bus stops. Visit MetroWinter.com to learn more, and follow @kcmetrobus on Twitter for up-to-the-minute information.

School district closures and childcare: Some school districts will close Tuesday, and others will operate on a reduced schedule. Please check with your local school district and have a plan for your kids. When schools are closed and King County operations remain open, employees are expected to report to work as usual, or follow applicable personnel policies.

Stay informed: Make sure you’re getting the latest King County information at work and at home in the event of snow:

  • Call the Employee Hotline—206-205-8600 (save it to your phone now!).
  • Check your King County email for specific directives and updates. Log on at outlook.kingcounty.gov.
  • Contact your supervisor for instructions.
  • Follow King County on Twitter—@KingCountyWA@kcmetrobus@kcroads, and@kcemployees
  • Check your agency website or Intranet (if applicable), and monitor local media channels.
  • Visit the Emergency News page at kcemergency.com for regional impacts. 

KCInform: Make sure you can be reached in a major emergency. If you haven’t yet registered your personal contact or work cell information in KCInform, please contact kcinform@kingcounty.govanytime or 206-296-3830 between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday to request your unique registration link. Watch this short video to learn more or visit our website.