EVERETT — Snow was predicted to start falling late Friday around Puget Sound, just in time for the weekend.
Flurries were anticipated to pick up and keeping falling through the day Saturday, Seattle National Weather Service meteorologist Mary Butwin said. Everett was expected to see from 2 to 4 inches of snow by the end of the weekend.
Easterly winds from the Cascade Range could bring gusts up to 25 mph, Butwin said.
Temperatures are predicted to dip below freezing this weekend, with lows in the mid-20s.
Snowfall is expected to taper off by the end of the weekend, and it appears temperatures may rise back up to the mid-40s Monday.
Those who need a place to stay the night in the winter weather may find space at four Snohomish County cold-weather shelters:
• The Carnegie Building, 3001 Oakes Ave. in Everett;
• The Everett Gospel Mission, 2624 Rockefeller Ave. in Everett;
• Maple Park Church, 17620 60th Ave. W in Lynnwood;
• Evergreen State Fairgrounds Park, 14405 179th Ave. SE in Monroe.
There’s also a warming shelter in Monroe open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 1012 W. Main St.
More information can be found at snohd.org/Cold-Weather-Shelters.
Shelter spaces are available first-come, first-served, and people are encouraged to call in advance to reserve a spot as some were near full capacity this week. If a shelter is full, the county will pay to transport people to the fairgrounds in Monroe. That shelter had roughly 40 out of 50 beds available on Friday, according to the county.
Highway closures and safety information, including condition updates on Snoqualmie and Stevens passes, can be found on the Washington Department of Transportation website at wsdot.wa.gov.
Plows have been preparing to clear county roads in case snow sticks, according to officials.
Stores in Everett were gearing up for snow throughout the week, setting up to sell plentiful stacks of sandbags and deicer.
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