Winter weather is coming. Now is the time to prepare.

Seattle City Light truck during the 2019 snowstorm
Seattle City Light truck during the 2019 snowstorm

All week, we (along with most of the region) have been tracking the forecasted snowfall and frigid temperatures that will begin Friday and go into the following week. City Light is staffed and ready to mobilize if and when outages occur.

We have prepared for the worst and are hoping for the best.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Snow and ice-related outages occur if a branch falls on power lines due to the weight of the precipitation. Sometimes, equipment may fail due to low temperatures.
  • When outages occur, our response prioritizes life safety first, followed by emergency services and then by repairs, which brings the largest number of customers back into service. For updates on outages in your area, visit seattle.gov/city-light/outages
  • Starting on Sunday, there’s a chance that the snow will turn into rain. Rain can rapidly melt the snow on tree branches, which can spring them up into power lines, which can cause outages.
  • There’s also a possibility of high winds with this storm as well, which could lead to fallen trees and ultimately downed power lines. If you come across any downed lines, do not approach or touch anything in contact with the wire as it could be energized and live. If you see a downed power line, call 911 or (206) 684-3000.
  • Finally, NEVER use generators, camp stoves or barbecue grills indoors. They can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Keep them a safe distance away from your dwelling. Heating your home with your gas stove is also dangerous

Check out our Prepare for Snow and Ice and Storm Prep pages for tips on how to prepare and be safe. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates as the storm progresses. Above all, stay safe and take care.