Normal business operations today

King County operations will open as scheduled today, Wednesday, Jan. 15. If you are scheduled to work today, please plan to report to work at your normal start time or discuss any changes beforehand with your supervisor. Please note that some agencies may send additional instructions directly to their staff.

Be prepared for cold weather, high winds, and possible delays on your commute. As always, have a plan for your commute, dress warmly, and let safety be your guide when making travel decisions.

Metro Transit routes: Metro Transit service is operating on normal routes except in areas of north and east King County, where some routes are modified or on snow routes. Learn if your bus route is affected. Sign up for Metro Transit Alerts.

HR Policies: 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. Please refer to HR Bulletin 2011-0009 County Operations During Emergency Situations and Inclement Weather to learn more. (Sheriff’s Office employees refer to KCSO Inclement Weather Policy; Superior Court and District Court employees please check court policies).

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.

School districts: Seattle Public Schools are closed today, and other school districts are closed or will start late today, so please check with your local school district and have a plan for your kids. When schools are delayed or closed and King County operations remain open, employees are expected to report to work as usual, or follow applicable personnel policies. 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 inclement weather:

  • Call the Employee Hotline—206-205-8600 (save it to your phone now!).
  • Check your King County email for information on business operations, delays, and closures. Log on at (you made need to click “Advanced” and then “Proceed to”). Some agencies may send additional instructions directly to their staff.
  • Contact your supervisor for instructions.
  • Follow King County on Twitter—@KingCountyWA, @kcmetrobus, @kcroads, and @kcemployees—and LinkedIn.
  • 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.

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: 206-205-6767
  • 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.