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Seattle, Thurston County to open severe weather shelters during cold snap

A little boy and a little girl, both with dark hair, walk past a frozen fountain.
Ted S. Warren
The Associated Press file
Children on a school outing walk past a frozen fountain caked with ice at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle in 2014.

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.

KNKX staff contributed to this report.

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