Sunday hits a record low in Kitsap, with no immediate warming in the forecast: 'Wear layers'

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Justin Dean uses a snowblower to help clear the parking lot of Kitsap Community Resources in Bremerton on Monday.
Justin Dean uses a snowblower to help clear the parking lot of Kitsap Community Resources in Bremerton on Monday.

Freezing temperatures will continue after a record low was set over the holiday weekend, and more snow may fall on the Kitsap Peninsula in the coming days.

On Sunday, Bremerton reached a record low at 24 degrees, according to data kept by the National Weather Service. The average low for Dec. 26 is 35 degrees. When it came to the high temperature, the coldest it's ever been was 33 degrees in 1971. It reached 38 degrees in Bremerton on Sunday.

Extreme cold was forecast to remain on Monday, according to a special weather statement from the National Weather Service in Seattle. Temperatures "will moderate slightly for the rest of the week," but the weather service cautioned that it will remain "unseasonably cold" with highs generally in the mid-20s to mid-30s and lows ranging from 15-25.

As far as precipitation, Monday will remain dry until the night into Tuesday, when a system offshore may bring a light dusting of snow to the Kitsap area, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jacob DeFlitch. Tuesday will also remain dry, but a more significant system will arrive Wednesday night and stay into Thursday. During this time there could be more snow, which may transition into rain depending on temperatures.

Sea-tac also set a record low yesterday, with 20 degrees beating out the previous record in 1948 of 22 degrees.

“It’s just going to stay cold at least through Thursday,” DeFlitch said. “If you’re headed out, wear layers.”

In its special weather statement, the weather service warned the extreme cold temperatures mean that frostbite and hypothermia will occur much faster.

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Severe weather shelters and warming stations have been set up for use in Kitsap County. Five people used a daytime warming station that was set up at the Fairgrounds on Sunday, said Dave Rasmussen, manager of Kitsap Emergency Operations Center. The center will be open through Jan. 1, he said. The hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. No additional guests will be admitted after 4:30 p.m. Pets are permitted at the center, provided they are kept crated and do not create a hazard for staff or other guests.

Twenty-three guests used the overnight severe weather shelter sites on Saturday night and Sunday night, Rasmussen said. The status of overnight shelters will be announced on a day-by-day basis.

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“We’re very glad we can provide that type of safety for those types of people when we do get these very cold frigid temps,” Rasmussen said. “There are a number of different reasons people need assistance with a warm shelter in these cold winter nights, and we’re just glad we can provide it.”

The overnight shelters will open again on Monday night. Hours of operation will be from 6 p.m. until 7 a.m. except as noted for the Village Green location. Guests will not be able to check into the shelter after 8 p.m. If no guests have checked into a shelter location by 8:00 p.m., that location will close for the evening.

The locations are:

  • Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston. This location is open from 6:30 p.m. until 6:30 a.m.

  • Port Orchard United Methodist Church, 725 Kitsap St. , Port Orchard, WA

  • Silverdale United Methodist Church, 9982 Silverdale Way, Silverdale, WA

Those needing transportation to the closest shelter can call (360) 373-3000 to arrange for a ride before 7 p.m.Call 2-1-1 for information about the Severe Weather Shelter Program and details on how to receive text message notifications when the shelters open.

This article originally appeared on Kitsap Sun: Sunday hits a record low in Kitsap, with no immediate warming in forecast

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