Limited City services on Wednesday, Dec. 21

Shelters, snow clearing efforts continue

December 21, 2022 - by Riley Grant, Communications and Outreach

Crews continue to work around the clock to improve driving conditions, but many City services will still be limited or delayed.

Most major arterials and priority travel routes are in decent condition this morning, but unnecessary travel should continue to be avoided and drivers should be extremely cautious. Plows started on some steeper side streets overnight and efforts to clear all streets will continue today.

Most City buildings are closed to public access, including Arne Hanna Aquatic Center, all Bellingham Public Library locations, all Whatcom Museum locations and Civic Field. The Finance Office and Permit Center in City Hall remain closed as well. Many services are available online, see web pages for more information.

Road2Home will continue to operate the Bellingham Severe Weather Day Use Warming Center inside Bellingham Central Library Lecture Room through Thursday, December 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The County’s overnight severe weather shelter at Civic Field will operate through the end of the week. More information about emergency severe weather shelters is available from Whatcom County.

Crews are diligently clearing park parking lots, paths and access to bathrooms. Many park openings will be delayed, and some parks may remain closed while staff address priority areas. Be careful, many areas are still slick. The following remain closed:

  • Winter Camp at Bloedel Donovan
  • Bayview Cemetery
  • Big Rock Garden
  • Civic Stadium (except restrooms)
  • Arne Hanna Aquatic Center

Report any issues in parks or stranded vehicles on roadways on your SeeClickFix app or at Snow removal efforts will continue to focus on the primary snow removal routes when needed, such as clearing drifted snow, and assisting Sanitary Services Company (SSC) with access for garbage collection. SSC has advised customers that if their collection is missed due to snow and ice, they will take additional garbage, recycling, and FoodPlus on their next service day at no charge, or materials can be brought to the transfer station at F Street and Roeder. Call SCC for information about garbage collection at 360-734-2051.

More information on snow removal and winter weather available at

Media Contact

Brian Heinrich, Deputy Administrator

Riley Grant, Communications and Outreach Manager
Public Works

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