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Warming Centers Open As Cold Weather Snap Drags On

Feb 21, 2018
Associated Press

Updated at 5:25 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 21 with more shelters

The cold weather is here to stay, at least through the weekend. The National Weather Service says high temperatures will be in the mid to upper 30s with nighttime lows dipping into the 20s.

Another system late Wednesday and early Thursday and could drop 1 to 2 inches of snow on coastal areas of Washington. Some other areas could see snow flurries, but no accumulations are expected in Seattle.

Elaine Thompson / AP Photo

After a very windy morning that took out power for about 4,000 people around the Puget Sound region, the strong wind is now moving into British Columbia. KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass says most of the blowing is done in Washington, yielding to a showery Friday with much warmer temperatures.

At the start of the work week, many offices from Virginia to New York are closed, and road crews are working to clear streets as residents dig themselves out of a blizzard's snowfall. Flight schedules, riddled by cancellations, will likely take days to get back to normal.

They're coping with massive amounts of snow that, despite all the shoveling and plowing, will only start to go away once temperatures rise — something that will happen emphatically Tuesday, when much of the Interstate 95 corridor in the Mid-Atlantic will see melting from temperatures in the 40s.

Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp / KPLU News

Northshore School District took a snow day today after seven inches of snow in the Bothell area on Sunday and a few more in the days since. 

Snowplows have been out, so the main roads are mostly clear, but many back roads and cul-de-sacs can be trickier to navigate.

Forecasters say freezing temperatures will be with us through Thanksgiving morning, with the coldest lows of this winterly blast expected tonight. 

Liam Moriarty/KPLU

Nearly two years ago, heavy snow and ice from an unusual mid-December storm and cold snap left roads and sidewalks treacherous for a week or more. Road and transit agencies in Seattle say the hard lessons they learned during the big snowstorm of 2008 are showing up in their response to this snowfall.