Planning for evening commute today and operations tomorrow

KCIA_IMG_9916As we continue to dig out of this winter storm, we want to take a moment to thank all of our employees who are working onsite or teleworking to ensure our customers can access the services on which they rely. It has been challenging for our entire community and we appreciate your service.

If you are commuting home this evening, please be extra safe on the roads and let safety guide your commute decisions. King County Metro Transit remains on Emergency Snow Network this evening, 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. Visit to learn more, and follow @kcmetrobus on Twitter for up-to-the-minute information.

If you feel you need to leave work earlier than usual today to get home safely, please discuss this with your supervisor.


  • Most Executive branch operations will open as normally scheduled tomorrow.
  • King County Council will operate on regular hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • The King County Superior Court will open at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in all four locations, two hours late, for all departments and all cases.
  • The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will open two hours late.
  • The Department of Judicial Administration will open two hours late.

Look for updates from leadership of other separately elected agencies and branches later this evening. Please check your email, text messages, the Employee Hotline (206-205-8600), or for the latest on all Countywide operations.

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. 

Metro will return to snow routes Wednesday, so prepare for snow routes and delays where road conditions are still hazardous. Staff will publish updated online snow route information by early Wednesday morning. Check your route before you leave for your stop in the morning.

Alternative work arrangements: If adjusting a work schedule, working at an alternative location, teleworking, or taking vacation are options for your job, please discuss beforehand with your supervisor. Employees may be able to take a day of accrued vacation or comp time instead of reporting to their normal work location today. Check with your supervisor for more information.

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
  • 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 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 anytime 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.