Bellingham cold-weather shelters to remain open as icy blast continues


BELLINGHAM - Severe-weather shelters are expected to stay open through Saturday evening, Feb. 8, as bitterly cold temperatures are forecasted to persist through the week.

Temperatures were expected to get as low as 13 degrees Wednesday night, with a low of 17 forecasted for Thursday night and 21 for Friday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Interfaith Coalition's severe-weather shelters opened Monday night, as temperatures hovered in the mid-20s and gusts of wind from 30 to 40 mph made the air feel even colder. The men's shelter is at Faith Lutheran Church, on the corner of McLeod Road and Northwest Avenue; the shelter for women and children is at Garden Street United Methodist Church, on the corner of Garden and Magnolia streets. Both shelters are open from 5 p.m. until 8 a.m. Transportation to the shelters is available from 5 to 8 p.m., with pick-ups at the Rainbow Center, 209 W. Holly St., and Church on the Street, 901 W. Holly St.

People can call the shelter hotline at 360-788-7983 for more information.

Reach Zoe Fraley at 360-756-2803 or

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