Temperatures will drop into the 20s throughout much of the Western Washington region tonight as a cold-air mass moves into the area.
The National Weather Service has issued a special statement advising that temperatures will be in the high teens to low 30s tonight. Light snowfall will remain a possiblity for many areas into the evening hours.
The cool weather will continue into Saturday, when a weak weather system arrives that could bring 2-3 inches of snow to the Puget Sound-area lowlands.
King County has opened severe weather shelters in Auburn, Kent and Renton. Click here for more information, or click here to see a list of regular winter shelters throughout King County.
The county has also offered following cold-weather safety tips:
- When the snow begins to fall, road conditions can deteriorate very quickly. Drive only if necessary and limit travel to daylight hours if at all possible. Keep others informed of your schedule and route, and stay on main roads. Register for King County road alerts.
- If you ride the bus, register for transit alerts and check our timetable for snow routes.
- Protect your pets by keeping them warm, dry and sheltered with access to non-frozen water.
- Insulate pipes and wrap outdoor faucets with towels and plastic bags to keep them from freezing.
- Be aware that power failures and other service disruptions may occur. Keep a battery operated radio, flashlights and extra batteries on hand.
- Never use charcoal grills, gas grills, or generators indoors, because they can cause a buildup of dangerous carbon monoxide gas which can lead to poisoning or even death.
- When leaving the house, dress in layers and wear warm clothing, including a hat, gloves and sturdy footwear, even if just running a quick errand.