Snowstorms of February have resulted in 3,000 vehicle crashes across Washington, from jack-knifed tractor-trailers closing Interstate 90 near Vantage to live chickens released on the highway near Olympia.
And that was before the latest snowstorm hit on Monday.
"If you can avoid driving, please do so," Sam Zimbabwe, Director designate of the Seattle Dept. Of Transportation told a Monday briefing. Zimbabwe noted that his director of snow response was rear-ended last night by a driver going too fast.
Public transit, including light rail, present "your safest options for getting around the region," added Peter Rogoff, CEO at Sound Transit.
Even with "one more system coming through," and rain likely, compact snow and ice can be "incredibly dangerous," warned Mayor Jenny Durkan.
The scene at Seattle Emergency Services was reminiscent of back East, where public officials like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo trade pinstripes for quilted jackets in very public storm management.
It helps that management of these storms has gone well.
Arterials are plowed, in contrast to the December, 2008, storm. Emergency shelters are open, from 4th & Jefferson to the Garfield Community Center to the Bitter Lake Community Center.
Navigation Teams have sought out the unsheltered homeless, with the goal "to get as many people indoors as possible."
Seattle City Light has not had to deal with the sort of outages suffered by Puget Sound Energy around Olympia.
Cooperation with the seemingly eternal snows has provided a model for future events, observed King County Executive Down Constantine.
Gov. Jay Inslee even used the briefing to get in a plug for his proposed capital gains tax on high income earners.
There was fulsome praise for the performance of snow removal crews working 12-hour shifts, and parks workers keeping community centers open.
But the political class was careful to give prime credit to citizens, who have had the sense to stay home, help each other with sidewalk shoveling, and have managed not one "snow day" but four so far.