City of Seattle prepares for forecasted cold weather

With weather forecasts predicting temperatures below freezing and possible snow Sunday night through Tuesday, the City of Seattle is preparing for possible accumulations and advising residents to prepare at home and for hazardous travel conditions.

Additionally, the Seattle Human Services Department is expanding capacity at the shelter operated at Seattle City Hall (601 5th Ave) to accommodate additional women tonight. Individuals looking for shelter from freezing temperatures are encouraged to come to City Hall and enter from the 4th Avenue entrance. Also, the shelter operated at the King County Administration Building (500 4th Ave S) will provide 50 additional beds tonight for men seeking shelter from the cold weather.

In the event of snow and/or ice, City emergency planners urge residents to prepare their homes for cold weather, build emergency supply kits for homes and vehicles, and not to drive unnecessarily. For more information on how to prepare for winter weather, please visit the Seattle Department of Transportation’s winter weather website and Take Winter By Storm. Additionally, for up-to-date information pertaining to impacts in the City of Seattle, please sign up for alerts at

The City of Seattle Emergency Operations Center will open at 5 a.m. Monday, February 6. City staff continue to monitor forecasts and City departments are preparing operations to respond to impacts from snow and ice.

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