Forecasts call for possible snow and slush in Bellevue tonight, so commuters should beware Citizens should prepare their vehicles for winter driving and should be aware of the terrain in their neighborhoods and alternate routes in case the ones they normally use become impassable.
When weather conditions are severe enough to close schools, Allied Waste Services may not be able to cover all routes, especially in hilly areas. If your pickup is missed for garbage and/or recycling, take materials back in, and a truck will be by on the next regularly scheduled pickup day (a week later).
Bellevue has the greatest elevation range (lake level to 1380 feet) and the steepest streets of all of the suburban/urban areas in the region. Citizens should prepare their vehicles for winter driving and should be aware of the terrain in their neighborhoods and alternate routes they can take in case the ones they normally use become impassable.
There are times in winter weather when it is necessary for city crews to close certain streets while adequately servicing the street. Citizens are asked to respect street closure barriers and not attempt to go around them since this is dangerous for the driver and makes it difficult, if not impossible, for staff to service the streets.
The city offers comprehensive information in its Extreme Weather Response section about preparing for and coping with severe weather conditions. Below are safety tips in winter weather and road safety information:
- If you have a life-threatening situation, call 911. To report hazardous road conditions, down or damaged stop or yield signs, or water main breaks at your home or business or call City of Bellevue Utilities 24-hour emergency number 425-452-7840.
- To report gas leaks, power outages, and down power lines, please call Puget Sound Energy at 1-888-225-5773.
- Never use a charcoal grill indoors. If you use a kerosene heater, make sure there is plenty of ventilation.
- Check road reports and roadway temperatures on the state Department of Transportation website.
- Before leaving home, prepare your vehicle and give yourself extra time to reach your destination. Also, stock up on household items. The 3 Days 3 Ways website offers more information.
- The faster you're going, the longer it will take to stop. Accelerate gradually on snow or ice to avoid slipping. Never slam the brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes, press the pedal down firmly and hold it. If you don't, gently pump the pedal. Either way, give yourself plenty of room to stop. If you have to abandon your car, please pull over to the right as far as possible.
- Roads that seem dry or just wet may actually be slippery with ice. Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady areas -- all are likely spots for black ice.
- Give snowplows room to work. The plows are wide and can cross the centerline or shoulder. Do not tailgate and try not to pass. If you must pass, take extreme caution and beware of the snow cloud.
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