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Meghan Porter

Bryan Dominique

Friday, January 10, 2020
Winter Storm Season is Here
Public Works getting ready for blast of winter weather

Video about how winter storm response occurs in Thurston County.

​Road Operations crews at the Public Works Department are getting ready for a wintery blast from mother nature.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting a mix of rain and snow to fall in Thurston County on Sunday evening, proceeded by freezing temperatures and the possibility of a larger snow event next week.

"With snow and ice in the forecast, we've been stockpiling and outfitting our trucks with sand and anti-icing solution," said Road Operations Supervisor Lane McAllister.

Road Operations is part of Public Works and coordinates with Fleet Services to keep county roads open during and after a storm. To report hazardous conditions on a county road call Public Works at 360-867-2300. On evenings and weekends, call the Thurston County Sheriff's Non-Emergency line at 360-704-2740.

Information about county roads closures can also be found on the Public Works Travel Impacts webpage. Additional information including answers to frequently asked questions about road operations can be found on the Thurston County Public Works Winter & Storm Response webpage

Roads crews with Thurston County Public Works move salt to the brining tank during preparations for winter weather.

During a snow event in Thurston County, county arterial roads providing access to state highways and critical facilities such as hospitals and fire stations are cleared first including Old Highway 99, Littlerock Road, Martin Way, Yelm Highway and others. Secondary connecting roads are cleared next. After priority and secondary routes are cleared, crews address residential routes. Crews do not plow subdivisions, private roads, or driveways.

This year, snow plow operators have been trained on new snow routes designed to improve efficiency and provide better coverage.

"We are redistributing the workload so our primary routes can be managed in a single shift," said McAllister.

For detail on snow and ice removal routes, visit the map online.

McAllister added that, in the event of significant snow accumulations, the best option for residents is to stay at home. However, if traveling is necessary, make sure to drive with adequate snow tires or chains and remember to stay a safe distance away from snowplows operating on roads.

In addition to Travel Impacts and Winter Storm Response information, the Public Works Department also provides real-time information about roads on twitter @Thurston_PW. Information about roads can also be found on the Thurston County Facebook page at:


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3