Winter & Storm Response




When inclement weather strikes, the Public Works department is prepared to respond and keep your county roads open. Please see below for details on facility operations and more.

Road Conditions

Public Works staff are on hand to take calls and answer questions about road conditions during regular business hours at (360) 867-2300. After hours, weekend and holiday road reports should be directed to TCOMM Dispatch at (360) 704-2740. For county road closures and updates, please check our Travel Impacts Page and Twitter. Additionally, please click on the links provided for up-to-date information on Interstate 5 conditions, City of Tumwater roads, City of Olympia roads and City of Lacey roads. Please note, during significant events 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 or driveways.

Solid Waste Facilities


Thurston County operates the Waste and REcovery Center (WARC) in Lacey, along with drob-boxes in Rainier and Rochester. Check here for weather-related changes to facility hours! Click on the link for information on garbage pickup inside the city of Olympia. For more information on residential garbage pickup outside of the City of Olympia, visit Lemay Pacific Disposal online.

Thurston County Parks & Trails


Our crews work diligently to clean up trees and debris after storms. If you see a tree or debris along a county trail or in a park causing damage call us or contact TCOMM Dispatch after hours.  

County Water & Wastewater Utilities


Crews from Thurston County Public Works ensure that water and wastewater services are provided for the Boston Horabor, Tamoshan, Olympic View and Grand Mound water utilities. Check here for up-to-date information about utilities operated by Thurston County Public Works during a weather-related event. Looking for information about other water or wastewater utilities? Make sure to check the Thurston County Public Utilities District (PUD), or with other municipalities in the area who operate utilities including the cities of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Rainier, Tenino and Yelm.

Power Outages


If you experience a power outage, or want to report and outage please contact Puget Sound Energy directly at 1-888-225-5773 to report a power outage. You can also report an outage online or view the outage map.

 Plowing the roads

Crews maintain a fleet of plows, anti-icing trucks and graders in preparation for significant weather events including snow, ice and windstorms. Priority is given to major arterial roadways and secondary connecting roads. Click here for a text-based list of Primary and secondary roads.

snow & ice removal map    road closures  




 Winter FAQ

 Do you ever close roads?

Yes. Certain locations, such as Michigan Hill Road, are subject to closure during hazardous conditions. You can always find out if a county road is closed by visiting the “Travel Impacts” and viewing the “road closure map”.

 Which roads are cleared first?

County arterials 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. Check the “Snow & Ice Removal Map” for details, or click here for a text-based list of Primary and secondary roads.

 Do you apply anything to the roads before a snow or ice storm?

Yes. Crews often apply an anti-icing material made of salt brine on hills, curves and the intersections of high volume roadways. When roads are dry or damp, it prevents the buildup of ice and snow on the road surface. Unfortunately, it gets diluted on very wet roads and becomes ineffective in rain. As a result, it is only used in dry or damp conditions. Sanding and snowplows are used in all other locations and during all events. Using anti-icing material is better than de-icer. It contains fewer chemicals, resulting in less impact on the environment and less vehicle corrosion. Use of anti-icers also reduces the amount of sand applied to roads.

 Is it okay to clear snow off my driveway into the road?

We rely on you and your neighbors to clear your driveways and subdivision roadways. However, pushing snow from private property on to public roadways is prohibited. It causes safety hazards for pedestrians, drivers and first responders.

 What about the piles of snow that county plows leave near the front of my driveway?

With more than 1,000 miles of county road to clear, we do not have the resources to remove snow piles left by plows along private drives. Although our snow plow operators do everything possible to minimize impacts to private driveways, snow piles are an inevitable byproduct of snow and ice removal.

 Can I hire a private contractor to remove the snow on the county road in front of my house?

No. However, we encourage you to help prevent flooding in your neighborhood by carefully clearing drains and ditches of clogging debris as snow melts.

 What resources does the county have for snow and ice removal?

Road maintenance crews operate 10 snowplows, 6 anti-icing trucks, 3 pickup truck plows/sanders and 3 graders that can be used as snowplows. Crews also extend shifts to provide 24-hour coverage during significant weather events.

 Who do I contact to report a road that needs to be cleared?

To provide the best service for all county residents and first responders, we do not respond to individual requests for clearing roadways. Priority is given to roads with the highest traffic volumes and access to emergency services. During significant storms, you and your neighbors may need to prepare for delays due to snow covered roads.

 Who do I contact if there is a road hazard?

In the event there is a downed tree over a road, a washed-out road or other hazardous event, you may contact the Roads Maintenance Office at (360) 867-2300 during regular business hours or use the Thurston County Sheriff's Non-Emergency line after hours at (360) 704-2740. Dial 911 in the event of an emergency.