Snow & Ice

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We're prepared, are you?

The Tumwater Public Works Operations and Maintenance Division provides snow and ice response (roadway clearing and treatment) during winter storm conditions. Snow and ice response activities are based on best management practices and service requests on a graduated, prioritized system to meet Tumwater's mobility needs.

Each year, Tumwater staff meet with Thurston County, neighboring cities, state agencies and service providers such as Intercity Transit to coordinate snow and ice response strategies.They strategize to create a consistent road clearing plan to facilitate transportation throughout the community.

Roadway response 

Tumwater roads are divided into three categories for response purposes:

  1. Lifeline Roadways are plowed and treated first. These routes are kept clear to accommodate emergency vehicles and primary transportation routes that connect major arterials with other roads in the community.
  2. After the lifeline roadways are passable, crews move on to Priority Roadways. These roads include most streets that connect neighborhoods to the lifeline roads in the transportation system. 
  3. Neighborhood streets are only plowed when lifeline and priority roads are cleared. The City does not plow or treat private streets or driveways.

Learn more...

Lifeline and Priority Roadway map pdf-icon-sm

Lifeline Roadways

Priority Roadways

Critical Facilities & Partners

Plow Routes & De-Icer - Tumwater's Snow & Ice response resources

Winter Driving Tips 

Power Outage Information

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is the electric utility provider for the Tumwater area. To report a power outage, visit or call 1-888-225-5773. 

For 24/7 access to real-time power outage information, including estimates of when the power will come back on to your home or business, view the outage map.


Call Public Works Operations & Maintenance Division at (360) 754-4150.