Get ready for cold and possible snow showers

EVERETT — Snow could make a brief appearance in the Everett area on Monday night, and people need to brace for a few days of frigid temperatures, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle.

Several cold-weather shelters in Snohomish County were expected to open Monday, with evening forecasts as low as 28 degrees.

“It’s going to be pretty cold,” said meteorologist Josh Smith.

Any moisture in the morning could create icy spots for commuters on Tuesday, he said. Any snow that falls isn’t expected to stick. No snow was expected after 10 p.m. Monday.

The rest of the week should be clear, weather-wise, but temperatures are expected in the low-20s to mid-30s, Smith said.

The mountain passes were messy on Monday, but drier weather should improve cross-state travel conditions by Tuesday or Wednesday, he said.

Hail briefly pelted north Snohomish County on Monday morning. An inch of snow also was reported in some areas east of Sultan, Smith said.

The weather ahead could be cold enough to cause frostbite or hypothermia, Smith said. People should move their pets and plants inside, and let faucets drip to prevent freezing pipes.

People also should not use outdoor heating or cooking devices indoors. The use of generators in closed garages has led to deaths in the region, Smith said.

Homeowners also should make sure they know how to turn off the water valve in case of burst pipes.

People need to dress warmly, including mittens, hats and scarves, Smith said.

Firefighters also recommend checking on older or disabled relatives and neighbors before and after bad weather.

Crews in Everett already were working around-the-clock to prevent ice from building on roadways, city spokeswoman Meghan Pembroke said Monday. They were applying brine, and have sand and salt ready, she said.

The city has seen repeated sewage overflows during rainstorms this year.

Rainfall combined with grease in the main sewer line caused an overflow about 9:30 p.m. Sunday at The Herald building at Grand Avenue and California Street.

Damage was minimal, Pembroke said. Sewage went up through a drain in the basement.

Herald Publisher Josh O’Connor said he trusted the city to handle the matter and fix any long-term issues.

A cleanup crew was brought in to ensure no lingering safety concerns for workers. There was no impact to Herald customers.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449, rking@heraldnet.com.

Cold-weather shelters

Cold-weather shelter contact information. Each shelter’s rules may vary

Arlington: Open November through March when the forecast predicts weather below 32 degrees for at least three hours. Location rotates at local churches. A light dinner and breakfast usually are served. Hours: 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sundays and Mondays: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1200 E. 5th Street, Arlington, 360-435-8586. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays: Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 615 E. Highland Dr., Arlington, 360-435-8921. Fridays and Saturdays: Arlington United Church, 338 N. MacLeod Ave., Arlington, 360-435-3259

To learn if the shelter is open and where it will be, call 360-403-4674.

To volunteer, call 360-435-3259.

Everett: The Salvation Army shelter at 2525 Rucker Ave. opens when the forecast predicts temperatures 32 or below for at least four hours, or below 32 with predicted rain or snow.

Hours: People can come between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Later admissions need a police escort. Ends at 6 a.m. More info: 425-259-8129

Lynnwood: The South Snohomish County Emergency Shelter Network expects to be open from Monday through Wednesday. People need to meet at Lynnwood City Hall, 19100 44th Ave. W, by 7 p.m. They will be taken to the shelter or given directions if they have a car. Dinner and breakfast is provided.

More info: 425-419-7938.

Marysville: Open when nighttime temperatures are 32 or colder. Staffed by volunteers from seven local churches.

Hours are 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. at Damascus Road Church, 1048 State Ave. Admission allowed until 10 p.m. Dinner is served until 9:30 p.m. Breakfast is from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Space is limited to 24 spots.

More info: 360-659-7117.

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