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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

November 14, 2014 at 6:49 AM

Cold weather lingering, but PSE restores power to most customers

Steam rises from landscape material as work continues early Friday morning above the University of Washington triangle garage near the stadium. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Steam rises from landscape material as work continues early Friday morning above the University of Washington triangle garage near the stadium. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Keep that ice scraper handy. The cold weather isn’t going away until next week, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

Overnight temperatures were below freezing throughout the Seattle area and we’re expected to hit a high of only 45 on Friday.

Central Oregon may see freezing rain, but the Puget Sound area should stay cold and clear with highs in the mid-40s and lows into the 20s.

Winds earlier this week caused many power outages and closed several schools, especially in South King County.

Puget Sound Energy has restored power to all but 500 customers as of Friday morning. Crews worked overnight to restore power to more than 232,500 customers, the utility tweeted.

If you still don’t have power, report the outage at pse.com or call 1-888-225-5773.

Area shelters are seeing more visitors as the chilly temps and biting winds hit this week.

“We’re set up for 150, but on a cold night we’re not turning people away,” Capt. Dana Libby of the Salvation Army said Thursday. “Nobody can make better choices tomorrow if they freeze to death tonight.”

The first cold snap of the season is a good reminder to be prepared for power outages and snow. Get storm tips and safety reminders here.

Authorities are investigating whether an early morning house fire in Tacoma was caused by an electrical space heater.

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