Weather Event News and Updates

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Whether it's a wind storm, snow storm, flooding or a power outage, it's important to be prepared and stay safe with the latest updates. During a weather event affecting the City of Sammamish, up-to-date information will be posted in the news feed below to help you make safe decisions.




Whether it's a wind storm, snow storm, flooding or a power outage, it's important to be prepared and stay safe with the latest updates. During a weather event affecting the City of Sammamish, up-to-date information will be posted in the news feed below to help you make safe decisions.



  • September is National Preparedness Month

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    National Preparedness Month is observed each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time.


    VIRTUAL SESSIONS

    In partnership with the state emergency management offices and community partners in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, FEMA Region 10 is hosting several virtual sessions throughout the month for you and your family to attend.

    • Twitter Spaces Preparedness Chat on September 13 from 12 – 1 p.m. PT
    • R10 Family Prep Night Webinar on September 14 from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. PT
    • Livestock & Large Animals Preparedness Webinar on September 17 from 10 – 11 a.m. PT


    Visit the FEMA Region 10 Individual and Community Preparedness Dashboard for additional information on how to attend these virtual events.


    DO SOMETHING TO GET BETTER PREPARED DURING THIS MONTH!

    Click here to view Sammamish's Emergency Preparedness Resources.


    WEEKLY THEMES

    Week 1: Sept. 1-4 Make A Plan

    Week 2: Sept. 5-11 Build A Kit

    Week 3: Sept. 12-18 Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness

    Week 4: Sept. 19-25 Engage Your Community on Preparedness


    Complete details can be found here: https://www.sammamish.us/news-events/current-news?id=57946

  • Air Quality Alert Issued Until Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

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    The National Weather Service has issued an Air Quality Alert effective until Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Sensitive groups (children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with heart or lung conditions) should stay indoors when possible to avoid the smoke. If you have to be outside, please use an N95 mask.

    For additional information on smoke and air quality, go to the sidebar on Connect Sammamish's Weather Events page and look for Wildfire Awareness and Prevention Tips.

  • High Temperatures This Week in Sammamish

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    Click here to download heat message in different languages.

    Temperatures may reach the high 90s starting on Thursday this week. Make sure to stay safe and take necessary precautions. Heat can create serious health problems. Usually the elderly, the very young, the sick and those without access to air conditioning are most severely affected by heat.


    Community Cooling Center
    The Sammamish Library at 825 228th Avenue SE is open and can be utilized as a community cooling center for anyone seeking refuge from the high temps. The library is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

    The YMCA at 831 228th AVE SE will open Friday until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Need help getting to the Sammamish Library or YMCA?
    The best option is Metro Route 269 (which is currently operating under a partial suspension due to COVID-19): https://kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro/schedules-maps/route/269.aspx.

    Community Ride is another option if it serves your area: https://connect.sammamish.us/mobility-hub#Ride.


    Symptoms of Heat Illness

    Make sure to be aware of heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, nausea, weak but rapid pulse, and headaches. People with these symptoms should find shade, drink water slowly and make sure there is good ventilation.

    If fluids are not replaced soon enough, heat stroke can follow causing extremely high body temperature, red and dry skin, rapid pulse, confusion, brain damage, loss of consciousness and death. To help a person showing severe symptoms, get the victim into shade, call for emergency medical services and start cooling the person immediately with cool water or by fanning.

    Stay in an air-conditioned area, either at home or in a public place. This is the most effective way to combat heat. If air conditioning is not available, pull the shades over the windows and use cross-ventilation and fans to cool rooms.

    A cool shower or bath also is an effective way to cool off. Limit the use of stoves and ovens to keep home temperatures lower. Children especially can quickly become dehydrated. They need to drink fluids frequently, especially water, and wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothes. Avoid drinks that are heavily sweetened or contain caffeine. Check on children often, especially if they are playing outside in high temperatures.

    Heat Precautions

    • Never leave people or pets in a closed, parked vehicle during hot weather, even for a short time
    • Drink plenty of fluids but avoid drinks with caffeine or a lot of sugar
    • Plan strenuous outdoor activity for early morning or evening when the temperature is lower
    • Take frequent breaks when working outside
    • Wear sun block, hats and light-colored, loose-fitting clothes
    • Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible
    • Check frequently on the elderly and those who are ill or may need help
    • Check with a doctor about the effects of sun and heat when taking prescription drugs, especially diuretics or antihistamines
    • At first signs of heat illness – dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps – move to a cooler place, rest a few minutes, then slowly drink a cool beverage, and seek medical attention immediately if conditions do not improve


    Conserving Energy

    It’s important to conserve energy while we are experiencing extreme heat to help prevent power outages. Please consider these important tips from Puget Sound Energy:

    1. Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible. For those with central air or air conditioning, PSE recommends no lower than 75 degrees. That might seem on the warm side, but customers can save up to 5 percent on their electric bill by taking that simple step.
    2. Consider investing in a smart thermostat that will automatically adjust the indoor temperature while you’re away.
    3. Use fans to help circulate the air. Remember that ceiling fans cool you, not the room, so when you leave the room, make sure to turn off the fan.
    4. Make sure to close window blinds and curtains to block direct sunlight. In the evening, open windows for cross ventilation.
    5. Switch out any conventional light bulbs with LED or compact fluorescent light bulbs, which produce 70 percent less heat.
    6. Run appliances – such as dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers – at night. A hot dishwasher sends heat throughout the house; run only on full loads and use the ‘no heat’ option for the drying cycle.
    7. Consider cooking a later dinner or grilling outside to prevent any additional heat buildup.

    For up-to-date information on the upcoming weather temps, visit the National Weather Service.

  • Extreme Heat Warning for Sammamish Community

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    UPDATE: Tuesday, June 29

    The excessive heat warning for our area will be lifted tonight at 11:00 p.m. For this reason, the cooling station at City Hall does not need to open tomorrow (Wednesday, June 30) as the temperature high will be in the low 80s. We encourage everyone to still take precautions to stay cool and hydrated, and conserve water and energy as we experience a warmer than normal summer. If another weather alert is issued for our area in the future, please check back here for information and resources.

    UPDATE: Monday, June 28

    Sammamish City Hall lobby will open as a cooling station for residents during the upcoming heat wave. Even though City Hall remains closed while COVID restrictions are evaluated and in-person services are not available, the City has been working this week to make City Hall accessible to residents as a refuge from the heat.

    Sammamish City Hall will open during these hours:
    Sunday, June 27: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Monday, June 28: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, June 29 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Seating, restrooms and water will be provided. If you do use the space, please remember to wear a mask and maintain safe distance.

    Need help getting to City Hall?

    The best option is Metro Route 269 (which is currently operating under a partial suspension due to COVID-19): https://kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro/schedules-maps/route/269.aspx.

    Community Ride is another option if it serves your area: https://connect.sammamish.us/mobility-hub#Ride.

    Additional Cooling Station Options:

    • Sammamish YMCA will open during regular business hours:
      Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
      Monday and Tuesday 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    • Sammamish Presbyterian Church
      Sunday and Monday: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    • Issaquah Community Center
      Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • SeaTac Airport
    • Snoqualmie Tribe Casino
    • King County has also provided a list here that includes area malls, libraries, and theaters: https://kcemergency.com/2021/06/24/cooling-centers-in-king-county.

    Please stay safe and cool, and look out for your neighbors.


    ORIGINAL POST
    Temperatures may reach the high 90s this weekend in Sammamish. Make sure to stay safe and take necessary precautions. Heat can create serious health problems. Usually the elderly, the very young, the sick and those without access to air conditioning are most severely affected by heat.

    Symptoms of heat illness include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, nausea, weak but rapid pulse, and headaches. People with these symptoms should find shade, drink water slowly and make sure there is good ventilation.

    If fluids are not replaced soon enough, heat stroke can follow causing extremely high body temperature, red and dry skin, rapid pulse, confusion, brain damage, loss of consciousness and death. To help a person showing severe symptoms, get the victim into shade, call for emergency medical services and start cooling the person immediately with cool water or by fanning.

    Stay in an air-conditioned area, either at home or in a public place. This is the most effective way to combat heat. If air conditioning is not available, pull the shades over the windows and use cross-ventilation and fans to cool rooms.

    A cool shower or bath also is an effective way to cool off. Limit the use of stoves and ovens to keep home temperatures lower. Children especially can quickly become dehydrated. They need to drink fluids frequently, especially water, and wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothes. Avoid drinks that are heavily sweetened or contain caffeine. Check on children often, especially if they are playing outside in high temperatures.

    Heat Precautions

    • Never leave people or pets in a closed, parked vehicle during hot weather, even for a short time
    • Drink plenty of fluids but avoid drinks with caffeine or a lot of sugar
    • Plan strenuous outdoor activity for early morning or evening when the temperature is lower
    • Take frequent breaks when working outside
    • Wear sun block, hats and light-colored, loose-fitting clothes
    • Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible
    • Check frequently on the elderly and those who are ill or may need help
    • Check with a doctor about the effects of sun and heat when taking prescription drugs, especially diuretics or antihistamines
    • At first signs of heat illness – dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps – move to a cooler place, rest a few minutes, then slowly drink a cool beverage, and seek medical attention immediately if conditions do not improve


    Conserving Energy

    It’s important to conserve energy while we are experiencing extreme heat to help prevent power outages. Please consider these important tips from Puget Sound Energy:

    1. Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible. For those with central air or air conditioning, PSE recommends no lower than 75 degrees. That might seem on the warm side, but customers can save up to 5 percent on their electric bill by taking that simple step.
    2. Consider investing in a smart thermostat that will automatically adjust the indoor temperature while you’re away.
    3. Use fans to help circulate the air. Remember that ceiling fans cool you, not the room, so when you leave the room, make sure to turn off the fan.
    4. Make sure to close window blinds and curtains to block direct sunlight. In the evening, open windows for cross ventilation.
    5. Switch out any conventional light bulbs with LED or compact fluorescent light bulbs, which produce 70 percent less heat.
    6. Run appliances – such as dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers – at night. A hot dishwasher sends heat throughout the house; run only on full loads and use the ‘no heat’ option for the drying cycle.
    7. Consider cooking a later dinner or grilling outside to prevent any additional heat buildup.

    For up-to-date information on the upcoming weather temps, visit the National Weather Service.

  • Monday update from our Maintenance & Operations Crew

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    Yesterday road crews were out all evening hitting neighborhood streets and making solid progress.

    Crews will be at it again all day today hitting those side streets. With the higher temperatures and rain, we're not expecting a freeze on these surfaces, but some could still be icy until a full melt.

    Please continue to exercise caution if you need to drive.

  • Sunday morning update from the City's Maintenance & Operations Crew

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    Mid-morning update:

    The night crew made good progress last night getting all priority 1, 2, and 3 roads almost bare and spent a good amount of time in the neighborhoods. Then it started to snow again early this morning.

    Now the day crew is out keeping those priority roads open and passable. When the snow stops and the priority roads are clear they will jump back into the neighborhoods.

    We are estimating we will stay on our 24-hour shift until Tuesday at this point.

    Early morning update:

    The day crew spent all day yesterday working on the main arterials, lifelines, and many of our challenging neighborhood hills.

    The overnight crew started working on neighborhoods in their assigned zones and the larger trucks will continue keeping the arterials and lifelines open and hopefully close to bare pavement.

    A weather update predicts periods of light to moderate snow continuing throughout the remainder of the day. Another 1-3" can be expected for most areas. Rain is expected to mix in between 1800-2000 this evening.

    Hazardous winter conditions remain, please be careful and stay off the roads if possible.

  • Update from our Maintenance & Operations Crew (February 13, 2021)

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    Afternoon update:

    • As the snow is still falling, City crews are sticking to the main roads and arterials to keep them as passible as possible. Please stay off the roads to clear the way for the plows.
    • As nightfall comes and temperatures drop, the roads will become even more hazardous with icy conditions. Please avoid driving.
    • City crews have been on 24-hour shifts since Thursday and will continue working through this holiday weekend.

    Morning update:

    Last night, the wind was and still is gusting to 30 mph or more, making conditions treacherous. The crews were kept to servicing the main arterials, major hills, and lifelines keeping them as passable as possible. Currently, we are still on and sticking to the mainlines.

    Several trees came down overnight and we were able to move them, making the roads passable. There is one tree still partially blocking just past the roundabout at NE 8th and 244th Ave NE on the King County and city border. There are powerlines involved and PSE has been notified.

    With the snow, windchill, and very slick conditions, people should only travel if absolutely necessary.

  • Snow is in the Forecast - Updated February 11

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    UPDATE: February 12
    The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning starting tonight at 10:00 pm through Saturday at 4:00 pm. Here are the accumulation expectations:

    • 0-trace" this afternoon
    • 2-4" tonight with high ice concerns -- blowing snow possible
    • 2-4" Saturday throughout the day with high ice concerns
    • Trace-0.5" Saturday night with high ice concerns


    Remember to be prepared, stay safe and stay off the roads once the snow begins to fall so Public Works crews can work on the roads. Keep reading below for important information and tips.


    UPDATE: February 11
    Here's a summary from the National Weather Service on what to expect over the next few days:

    • Some snow expected today through Friday morning (maybe an inch).
    • Highest snowfall predicted to hit Friday night through Saturday (potential for 6-8 inches) but depends on where the tight gradient where the higher levels of snow versus a significantly lower amount of snow ends up
    • Cold weather will continue through the weekend.
    • Winds will be a factor resulting in wind chill and increase the cold hazard threat.


    Important Information to Keep in Mind

    • When the snow starts, stay off roads and let Public Works crews work on the roads.
    • Our Parks maintenance crews assist with snow and ice removal from city roads, therefore they are not available to open parks until roads are clear and conditions are safe.
    • City parks and amenities may be temporarily closed during significant snowstorms.
    • Be aware of kids out and about playing in the snow -- they can be difficult to see and could be moving fast on sleds.
    • Dress appropriately for cold exposure and know the signs of hypothermia.
    • Shovel snow safety -- cardiac incidents sharply rise during snow events.
    • Do not walk or skate on frozen ponds and other bodies of water -- it could crack under your weight -- it's very difficult to gauge the sturdiness and security.


    ORIGINAL POST
    Snow is in the forecast over the next few days. While it’s pretty to watch the snow falling, it's important to stay safe. Please use extra caution when driving as the temperatures are dropping and that could lead to slick roads. Check the Helpful Links on this page for information on what to do before, during and after a snow event. You’ll also find Snow Event FAQ with answers regarding plowing and snow/ice routes.

    Reporting an Issue
    If you need to report a blocked road, downed tree, or downed power lines, please use My Sammamish: https://www.sammamish.us/how-do-i/my-sammamish

    Carbon Monoxide Caution
    As the temperatures drop, please be aware that each year, an average of 430 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning, and there are more than 20,000 visits to the emergency room. Carbon monoxide-related deaths are highest during colder months. These deaths are likely due to increased use of gas-powered furnaces and alternative heating, cooking, and power sources used inappropriately indoors during power outages.

    More information here: https://www.sammamish.us/government/departments/emergency-management/winter-storm-readiness/

    Stay Updated
    Check back for any updates related to this weather event as we will post new information as we know.

  • RESOLVED: Road Closure at Issaquah Fall City Road and Klahanie Dr. SE

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    The road is now clear and open.

    For more information on this weather event, visit https://connect.sammamish.us/weather-events/news_feed/wind-advisory

  • Wind Storm Update

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    The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory until January 13 at 6:00 a.m. To report blocked roads, use My Sammamish: https://www.sammamish.us/how-do-i/my-sammamish/.


    Watch out for downed power lines and trees. Be extra careful navigating in the dark because there are widespread power outages. Remember to treat intersections as a four-way stop when traffic signals are not working.


    Generator Safety

    If you are using a generator, make sure to keep safety precautions in mind to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning: https://mil.wa.gov/asset/5bac16a419683.


    For more information on what to do during a power outage, visit https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/emergency-management/hazards/utility-outage.aspx.


    Stay Updated

    As we are notified of any events that impact travel and road conditions in Sammamish, we will update right here:


    Road Closures

    All have been resolved at this time.

    For up-to-date information on this weather advisory, visit the National Weather Service.

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