EVERETT — Snow did not arrive in the lowlands quite as soon as forecasters guessed on Christmas Day, but as the holiday weekend wraps up, authorities are still urging drivers to monitor road conditions if they plan to travel. Drivers should prepare for snowy and icy roads, especially in the mountain passes.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until 4 p.m. Monday. On Saturday night, a mixture of rain and snow was forecast to fall in Snohomish County. Snow showers were predicted to continue through Sunday, with accumulation of 1 to 5 inches in the next 48 hours possible, said National Weather meteorologist Johnny Burg.
Unusually frigid temperatures are forecast for the next few days, with lows around 18 degrees Monday and Tuesday nights.
“Slow down, give yourself plenty of time to get where you’re going and take it easy out there,” Burg said. “Be safe, and bundle up, because it’s going to get cold.”
The state prioritizes heavily used highways and segments with intersections, ramps, sharp curves or steep hills. WSDOT’s highest priorities in Snohomish County are interstates 5 and 405, U.S. 2 and highways 9 and 522.
Other cities publish plow route maps and plans as well. Check with your local jurisdiction.
Cold weather shelters
Snohomish County’s five cold weather shelters generally open when overnight temperatures are projected to dip below 34 degrees. If weather varies across the region, some shelters could be open while others remain closed.
County officials update their online listing daily to reflect which shelters are opening their doors: bit.ly/3FFfl1P.
Those aged 12 to 17 looking for shelter should call Cocoon House at
Everett family cold weather shelter
5126 S 2nd Ave.
Intake: 4 to 8 p.m.
Everett cold weather shelter
2624 Rockefeller Ave.
Intake: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Snohomish cold weather shelter
210 Ave. B, Snohomish
Intake: 8 to 10 p.m.
South County cold weather shelter
If you have transportation, call
Van pickup schedule: 7 p.m. at Lynnwood City Hall, 7:05 p.m. at Lynnwood’s Trinity Lutheran Church, 7:20 p.m. at the Value Village sign west of Highway 99
Van schedule shifted two hours later on Wednesday nights
Volunteers are still needed to run this shelter. Shifts run 6:30 to 9 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Interested volunteers should contact Reina Hibbert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monroe cold weather shelter
1012 W Main Street
Intake: 8 to 10 p.m.