A snow plow clears snow off of 92nd Avenue West on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022 in Edmonds, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A snow plow clears snow off of 92nd Avenue West on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022 in Edmonds, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Another dusting, with more snow on the way in Snohomish County?

Light snow showers hit the area Friday morning. Another system was coming in the evening. And yet another next week.

EVERETT — It’s unclear who dreamed of a white Dec. 2, but their wish came true Friday morning.

Some Snohomish County residents woke up to a fresh dusting of snow on the roads as they made their morning commutes, with meteorologists warning of the possibility of slick black ice. Light snow showers were expected to continue Friday, said Kirby Cook, science and operations officer with the National Weather Service in Seattle.

“A break and a few flakes, a break and a few flakes,” is how Cook described it.

As of Wednesday morning, Edmonds had gotten over half a foot of snow, according to the weather service’s snow reports. Snohomish got the same, Lynnwood a little less, Monroe about 5 inches, Mukilteo 4½ inches, Everett about 4 inches and Bothell 3 inches. Stevens Pass saw a foot-and-a-half.

Parts of Everett saw another whopping half-inch Friday, the weather service reported.

But the bigger threat was a new weather system coming through in the evening.

Snohomish County cities like Everett, Lynnwood, Marysville and Edmonds were under a winter weather advisory until 10 a.m. Saturday. Up to 2 inches of snow was forecast in these areas, which also included parts of Kitsap, Skagit and King counties, according to the National Weather Service.

Most of the snow from the new system was forecast further west, like the Hood Canal area, Cook said. The heaviest precipitation was expected offshore and possibly into Oregon.

“That’s the good news,” he said. “We’re not getting the brunt.”

But western Snohomish County could still see some new flakes overnight. Cook put the chances of at least an inch in this area at around 30%. There was just a 5% chance of more than 2 inches.

The rest of the weekend was expected to be dry, with temperatures remaining cold. Overnight lows were predicted to be at or below freezing. In Everett, for example, the National Weather Service was forecasting lows in the mid-20s on Saturday and Sunday nights. That leaves the door open for more snow if precipitation comes, but that isn’t expected, Cook said.

Highs in the upper 30s to low 40s mean some melting followed by refreezing overnight when temperatures drop. Some roads will continue to be slick as crews continue to treat them.

Those colder conditions are not unheard of for this area at this time of year. But they are slightly chillier than we’re accustomed to, Cook noted.

Those itching for more snow, dreaming of a winter wonderland, yearning for endless sledding time, can look to the middle of next week for promising signs. Showers similar to Friday morning could come early next Tuesday, but forecasters predict that will turn into our patented rain as temperatures rise.

Cook noted forecasting lowland snow this far out can be difficult. Meteorologists are much more confident in their predictions for the temperature. So he urged residents to keep checking forecasts as experts get more information.

Earlier this week, over 28,000 customers of the Snohomish County Public Utility District were without power. On Friday afternoon, that was down to a smattering of less than 75.

Meanwhile, the county’s cold weather shelters have been seeing more need than usual.

When the snow hit on Tuesday, 129 people spent the night at the shelters, Tyler Verda, human services program planner for the county, said in an email.

“It’s been pretty incredible, actually,” said Nathan Ray, the shelter coordinator in Marysville.

His shelter, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 7215 51st Avenue NE, was open 20 of the 30 nights in November. In that time, the shelter helped 56 people, with 290 total beds filled over the month as guests came back night after night. One night, 27 of the shelter’s 30 beds were filled.

The space, opened last winter amid worries over no cold weather shelters in north Snohomish County, used 176 beds in three months. So in a month this year, the shelter has already far outpaced that, Ray said. The vast majority of those helped have been from Marysville.

Without the shelter, people would’ve been living outside in the freezing cold. They could end up “in the hospital or worse,” Ray said.

The shelters, located in Everett, Monroe, Snohomish, Marysville and Lynnwood, typically open on nights when temperatures are forecast below 34 degrees.

In Lynnwood, the shelter at Maple Park Lutheran Church has almost been at its 23-bed capacity most nights, said Lisa Utter, the chair of the shelter’s board. With more cold temperatures in the forecast, Utter expects to be open through next week. When that happens, the shelter will already have been open half as long as it was all of last winter. And it’s only early December.

Seeing the consistent need has given Ray a “mixed bag” of feelings.

“I hate to see that many people in need,” he said Friday, “and I’m happy we have a community to step up to meet that need.”

And he expects to see lots of people for a while to come.

“With this cold and the forecast for December,” he said, “the need isn’t going away.”

Jake Goldstein-Street: 425-339-3439; jake.goldstein-street@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @GoldsteinStreet.

More cold weather shelter information

Visit snohomish-county-public-safety-hub-snoco-gis.hub.arcgis.com/pages/cold-weather-shelters for a rundown of all the cold weather shelters in the area.

Everett Family Cold Weather Shelter

5126 S Second Avenue.

Doors open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Contact speterson@egmission.org for more information.


First Baptist Church at 1616 Pacific Avenue.

Doors open from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Call 425-740-2550 for more information.


Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 7215 51st Avenue NE.

Doors open from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Call 425-686-9272 for more information.


Snohomish Evangelical Free Church at 210 Avenue B.

Doors open from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Call 425-535-0000 for more information.


New Hope Fellowship at 1012 W Main Street.

Doors open from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Shuttle to shelter departs from Sultan Library at 7:45 p.m.

Call 425-535-0000 for more information.

South County Shelter

Maple Park Lutheran Church at 17620 60th Avenue W in Lynnwood.

Opens at 7 p.m.

Shuttle to shelter from Lynnwood City Hall at 7:00 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church at 7:05 p.m. and the west of Highway 99 and 172nd Street at 7:20 p.m.

Call 206-743-9843 for more information.

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