Below is the latest information for Saturday, February 9:
- Snow has blanketed the Puget Sound region, including Bonney Lake. One of our public works members measured 11 inches of snow at the Public Works Center!
- The City has been operating with five plows with sanders since snowfall started yesterday with crews focusing on SR410 within city limits and arterial/collector streets off of SR410. It was a long, treacherous night, but as of 6:30 a.m., crews reported that SR410 within city limits and all arterial/collector streets are packed snow but passable. With these passable, we have begun reaching out into the residential areas and will continue to do so. If you haven’t seen us yet, we’ll hopefully be there soon! Regardless, we urge you not to drive unless absolutely necessary.
- We are not out of the woods yet. We may be looking at more snow later today with chances decreasing dramatically by the late afternoon. We will certainly have freezing temperatures overnight meaning that the roads will freeze! Please be careful! There is potential for more snow Sunday evening into Monday with the forecast showing bad weather extending into next week. For the latest weather updates, visit www.weather.gov/sew.
- Officials are urging residents to stay home and off the roads if at all possible.
- You may have noticed that SR410 outside of city limits is bare and wet. WSDOT maintains SR410 up to the city limits of Bonney Lake but state legislation requires that the City conduct snow and ice removal activities on the highway inside city limits. This is a big challenge for us and we struggle to keep up with this and maintain all of our local streets when a big event such as this occurs. Please be patient with us as we attempt to keep everything moving forward!
- Driving surfaces will remain slick with most remaining packed with snow until the temperatures raise and we can start getting our sand/salt mix down on the road. We are still awaiting our delivery of our rock salt product. As you can imagine, it’s a hot commodity right now with many local jurisdictions waiting for deliveries as well.
- Street crews will be working 24/7 to plow and sand priority routes along with steep slopes (http://www.ci.bonney-lake.wa.us/UserFiles/File/Maps/SnowIceControl.pdf). Crews are addressing residential areas now. See tips on how you can help below.
Residents and drivers can help by:
- Park all vehicles, trailers, and boats off of streets until the snow is removed. Ridges of snow pushed up by snow plows around vehicles parked on streets will freeze. This can prevent or slow down future snow removal and may cause accidents when any vehicle hits them.
- Give sand trucks and snow plow vehicles plenty of room. Don’t follow too closely – equipment could slide sideways or backwards at any time. Don’t pass these vehicles if you can avoid it. Be patient.
- Drive Defensively. Sand trucks will generally only be used on hills and intersections. Other areas will remain icy. Slow down and increase distance from the vehicle in front of you. Four wheel drive vehicles may help gain traction initially; but once you start sliding, are no better than any other.
- Clear snow from sidewalks in front of your house or business as soon as possible, but not later than 12 hours after snow has ceased to fall. This is to prevent the snow from turning to ice in front of your house creating a hazard for pedestrians or forcing them to walk in the street.
- Do not place snow removed from driveways or sidewalks onto the street.
- Aim snow blowers into front yards away from sidewalks, the landscape strip and the street. Ice and rocks, as well as powder snow are blown out many feet. This material can hit parked or passing cars, which can cause damage to those vehicles as well as possible accidents. Also, snow blown onto the street will freeze and become a slick spot, which may easily cause accidents.
- Place snow shoved into your driveways by snow plows onto the area between your sidewalk and curb, the landscape strip; but not into the street or gutter. Otherwise, if this pile of snow is shoved back into the street, it will freeze and become hidden by new snow. Then, when snow plows or other vehicles hit that pile of ice, they can be shoved back into the traffic lanes and can easily hit passing or parked cars. Also, placing this snow into the gutter will slow down or block drainage causing flooding when the snow melts.
- Volunteer your services. Check on your neighbor’s to ensure everyone’s safety. Help your neighbors who can’t clear their own driveways and sidewalks.
- Remove snow from around fire hydrants near your home. Can help save lives and property.
- Clear snow from around mailboxes. Sometimes snow plow crews do not get snow plowed all the way to the curb and block the mailbox. Clearing this snow will help keep mail delivery vehicles from blocking traffic and help prevent accidents for mail deliverers and residents alike.
If you have any questions, please call the City of Bonney Lake during business hours at 253-862-8602 or to report a road concern afterhours call police dispatch at 253-841-5431. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter @CityBonneyLake.