Cold weather shelters open in Western Washington as temperatures drop

With temperatures dropping and snow falling throughout Western Washington, cold weather shelters will be opening this week.

According to FOX 13 Meteorologist Brian MacMillan, temperatures are expected to remain below freezing for several days:

A tough forecast, but snow is on the way for a lot of lowland spots Monday night and Tuesday morning, especially in the north and central Puget Sound areas. That rain/snow line still wants to stay south of Seattle.

If you're in Tacoma and Olympia, you'll start off with snow this evening and it should transition to cold rain by morning. From Seattle north to Canada, it looks snowy with 2-4"+ expected right now in the lowlands.

The forecast is still coming into view, but be prepared for a snowy commute Tuesay around Lake Washington and north of Seattle. Compact snow and ice could double your commute time.

King County Shelters

King County Regional Homelessness Authority announced on Monday that it has activated its Severe Weather Response protocols. It said it plans to open overnight shelters:

Seattle Extra Capacity Overnight Shelter:

Compass Housing Alliance, enter at 210 Alaskan Way S., across from the Ferry Terminal

  • Overnight 6pm – 9am, Wednesday 12/14 through the morning of Thursday 12/22
  • 60 bed capacity
  • Adults age 18+
  • Pets ok
  • Dinner and light breakfast

Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.

  • Overnight 7pm – 9am, Wednesday 12/14 through the morning of Thursday 12/22
  • 100 bed capacity
  • Adults age 18+, all genders
  • Pets ok
  • Dinner and light breakfast

Lakefront Community House, 600 N. 130th St., Seattle

  • Overnight 5pm – 9am, Wednesday 12/14 through the morning of Thursday 12/22
  • 25 bed capacity
  • Adults 18+, all genders
  • 3 meals a day
  • Pets ok

Click here for more shelter options in King County.

Snohomish County shelters

Snohomish County said its shelters typically open when overnight temperatures are expected to drop below 34 degrees. 

See locations below and check here for the latest hours and status of each shelter:

  • Everett Cold Weather Shelter at 1616 Pacific Avenue.
  • Everett Family Cold Weather Shelter at 5126 South Second Avenue.
  • Marysville Cold Weather Shelter at 7215 51st Avenue Northeast.
  • Monroe Cold Weather Shelter at 1012 West Main Street.
  • Snohomish Cold Weather Shelter at 210 Avenue B.
  • South County Cold Weather Shelter; transportation to the shelter is provided. Schedule here.

The county said its shelters begin in November and can last through March of next year. 

Pierce County shelters

Pierce County says it opens shelters when the forecast is below 32 degrees or below 35 degrees with rain.

See locations below and click here to check te hours and status of each shelter:

  • Tacoma Public Libraries and Pierce County Public Libraries are CLOSED on the weekend.
  • Catholic Community Services will open 40 inclement weather beds during cold weather.
  • Tacoma Rescue Mission has expanded operations to provide 35 additional inclement weather beds during cold weather.
  • Tacoma Rescue Mission (TRM) will also add 15 beds of the Forging Path Community shelter site at 35th and Pacific Avenue during cold weather. In addition, TRM has expanded its operations with 50 additional beds for inclement weather on the Holy Rosary church property from Nov. 21, 2022 through March 2023.
  • Brotherhood RISE (2136 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Tacoma) can be visited as a place to escape the cold, from Noon to 9 p.m. each day. The site also offers water.
  • Lighthouse Activity Center (5016 A St. in Tacoma) will be open during business hours to serve anyone seeking to come in from the cold.
  • Chapel Hill Presbyterian Chuch (7700 Skansie Ave. in Gig Harbor) is open during the daytime (7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sun.-Thurs., 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Fri., 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Sat.) as a warming center any time the weather is forecast to be 32 degrees or lower for 2 consecutive days. Access through main entrance, Door D. The church will be closed on Dec. 25, Jan. 1-2, and Jan. 16.
  • Waypoint Church North (12719 134th Ave. NW in Gig Harbor) is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mon.-Fri.
  • Key Peninsula Civic Center (17010 S. Vaughn Rd. NW) is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. A volunteer will be on site if temperatures drop below 35 degrees.