Winter weather safety

In Marysville, some winters pack heavy snowfall and other years no snow accumulates at all. A weather phenomenon called the Puget Sound Convergence Zone causes some parts of our community and region to get inches of snow, while other parts get plenty of rain or even sun. Marysville has a mixed topography that ranges from relatively flat through central and north Marysville to rolling foothills in the east and high plateaus to the south

To make this a safer winter for you and your family, please visit Take Winter By Storm for great preparedness tips and information.

Cold weather tips to stay warm

Exposure to the cold can cause serious health issues. Prepare ahead of time to reduce your risk of life-threatening health conditions by keeping warm.

  • Wear a hat, earmuffs, or scarf to reduce body heat escaping from your head.
  • Layer up to stay well-insulated.
  • Keep fingertips, earlobes, and noses covered when going outside. 
  • Keep your clothing dry. If one layer becomes wet, simply remove that layer.

Snow removal safety

  • Stretch before shoveling. Prevent injury and soreness by stretching prior to engaging in physical activities in freezing temperatures.
  • Cover your mouth. Protect your airway from the bitter cold.
  • Stay hydrated. It is easy to forget that you need to take breaks and drink water.
  • Avoid overexerting yourself. Listen to your body and take breaks when needed. Unfamiliar exercises, emphasized by the extreme cold, can put extra strain on your heart.
  • Shovel to the right. When shoveling snow from your property, shovel it to the right, that way snow plows are less likely to return snow to your property.
  • Keep dry. Wet clothes can rapidly decrease your core temperature. If one layer does become wet, remove that layer.
  • Walk cautiously. Snow and ice can create dangerous conditions on our sidewalks. Consider wearing boots with good traction.
  • Do not cover fire hydrants. Or manholes, catch basins, etc.
  • Be a good neighbor. If you are healthy and able, consider helping elderly and disabled neighbors.

To see the city's snow and ice removal plan, visit: