Seattle, Thurston County to open severe weather shelters during cold snap
The city of Seattle will open two severe weather shelters this weekend and early next week during expected below-freezing temperatures.
The shelters will open at 7 p.m. from Dec. 25 through Dec. 29.
The shelters will be at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 301 Mercer St., and Compass Housing Alliance, 210 Alaskan Way S. Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome.
Pets will be allowed at the exhibition hall while only service animals will be allowed at the housing alliance.
In Thurston County, a daytime warming center at 201 N. Capitol Way in Olympia will be open from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 25, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 26-28. Pets under the control of their owner are allowed.
Overnight shelter options in Olympia are available at the Union Gospel Mission, 413 Franklin St. N.E., for single men and women. Families with children needing shelter can go to Family Support Center’s Pear Blossom Place, 837 Seventh Ave. S.E., and youths 18 to 24 are welcome at Community Youth Services, 520 Pear St. S.E.
A modified Arctic front, which has been building over Canada, is expected to move south Friday night or Saturday, Mike McFarland, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle, told The Seattle Times.
The Arctic front is expected to bring the coldest temperatures of the season, which could be around 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-7 Celsius) in Seattle or lower outside of the city, according to Logan Johnson, NWS Seattle’s meteorologist in charge.
Ok so we know a bunch of you are excited for ❄️. But in order for that happen it has to be cold. Our temps are going to be dropping. WE EXPECT LOWS IN THE TEENS BY EARLY NEXT WEEK!— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) December 23, 2021
And remember if its windy it will feel colder! The sooner you dig out your 🧤 the better #wawx pic.twitter.com/agGpRzTM4H
KNKX staff contributed to this report.