With cold, snowy weather ahead, Kitsap County opens severe weather shelters

Four locations around the county will serve those without warm surroundings

Due to anticipated freezing winter weather conditions, three Kitsap County severe weather shelters will be open on Christmas Day on Saturday, with a fourth shelter in Poulsbo open on Sunday, Dec. 26.

Special measures also are being taken to prevent the spread of viruses, including COVID-19, county officials said in a news release.

Hours of operation will be from 6 p.m. until 7 a.m., except as noted for the location in Kingston. Guests will not be able to check into a shelter after 8 p.m. If no guests have checked into a shelter location by 8 p.m., that location will close for the evening.

The locations are:

  • Port Orchard United Methodist Church, 725 Kitsap St., Port Orchard
  • Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Rd. NE, Kingston (this location is open from 6:30 p.m. until 6:30 a.m.)
  • Gateway Fellowship, West Wing Building, 18901 8th Ave. NE, Poulsbo (this location is open only on Sunday, Dec. 26)
  • Silverdale United Methodist Church, 9982 Silverdale Way, Silverdale

The National Weather Service is predicting as much as 3 to 5 inches of snow is possible in much of the Puget Sound region this weekend. The snow is most likely to drape the area between Saturday night and Sunday night, NWS Seattle said on its Twitter feed.

Temperatures are expected to drop to a high of 30 degrees on Sunday, with readings topping the mid-20s early next week.