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November 20, 2013 at 6:44 PM

This cold snap isn’t going away

A view of Seattle across Elliott Bay with the Olympic Mountains in the distance on a chilly November morning. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

A pleasant view of Seattle with the Olympic Mountains in the distance on a chilly November morning. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

Got cold?

It will be sunny over the next few days, but you’ll want to cover up at night and in the morning because night-time temperatures in Seattle will drop into the low 30s and could fall to freezing overnight tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

The typical low for this time of year is around 36 degrees.

Highs are expected to be in the mid-40s and could reach the low 50s by Sunday.

In Everett it’s expected to be a bit colder with lows in the mid-20s tomorrow and Saturday.

The Olympia area is expected to be even colder overnight tonight when the temperature could drop into the mid-20s and there could be some patchy freezing fog.

Blame the cloudless skies for the chilly weather, says Jay Neher of the National Weather Service “Clouds tend to keep things warmer.”

The cold night time forecasts has officials in some counties activating emergency overnight shelters for those residents with no place else to go.

Snohomish County opened its cold weather emergency shelter Wednesday night. Families and individuals were being asked to meet outside Lynnwood City Hall, 19100 44th Ave W by  7 p.m.

In Kitsap County, an emergency shelter opened at the Bremerton Foodline, 1600 12th St. in Bremerton. It will operate from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.  No one will be allowed to check in after 10 p.m.

No special cold-weather shelters were planned in King and Pierce counties.

With winter approaching, however, King County emergency officials point out that now is a good time for residents to begin planning in the event of a winter storm. They suggest the website takewinterbystorm.org which offers coping tips for dealing with adverse weather.

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