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Winter Storm Warning: Snow and Severe Cold Impact Seattle This Week, Emergency Shelters Available

The City of Seattle is tracking this week’s cold weather system and preparing to activate additional services as needed. This AlertSeattle blog will be updated with the latest information on places for people to get indoors and out of the cold; keeping critical infrastructure open; changes to City services; and tips to stay warm and safe.  

Forecast Update: December 19 – 23

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Seattle and surrounding areas from 7:00 PM Monday through 7:00 PM Tuesday. Snow accumulations from 2-8 inches are possible. Heavy accumulating snow will likely impact the morning and evening commutes on Tuesday, making travel very difficult. Avoid or delay travel if possible. If you must travel, check road and transit conditions before beginning your trip and prepare for possible delays. Take winter travel safety precautions: keep an extra flashlight, food, water, warm clothing, and a way to communicate with you and in your vehicle in case of emergency.

Extremely cold weather will continue through this week, with low temperatures well below freezing and potential wind chills in the single digits. These temperatures are dangerous. Emergency warming spaces are available for people without shelter and their pets. All residents should keep pets indoors during extreme cold.

There is a potential for freezing rain and ice accumulation late this week, and flooding from rain and snow melt over the weekend. This post will be updated with additional forecast information throughout the week.

Check AlertSeattle for the latest information and details on the City’s snow response.