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County severe weather shelter extends season to March 14

Change prompted by forecasted cold weather; last night facility could be open is March 13

A closed sign underneath a overnight severe weather shelter sign with how to get information on the current shelter status.
The county's severe weather shelter on State Street activates when freezing overnight lows are forecasted. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
By Charlotte Alden General Assignment/Enterprise Reporter

The Whatcom County-run Bellingham Severe Weather Shelter will open on poor weather nights until March 14, an extension of the shelter’s intended end date.

The shelter was supposed to close for the season tonight, Feb. 29. The delay is due to “the potential for very cold temperatures and rain/snow mix into the first half of March,” according to the Whatcom County Health and Community Services website. The last night the shelter could be open is March 13.

Whatcom County leased the space at 810 N. State St. from State Street Creamery, LLC, with an end date of March 15.

The 45-bed severe weather shelter opens when forecasts and staff/volunteer availability meet opening criteria. As of December, freezing overnight lows activate the shelter.

Road2Home’s winter shelter at Civic Field is now closed for the season. The Ferndale Severe Weather Shelter will be open during severe weather events until March 31. The shelter will activate this weekend, from Friday, March 1 to Sunday, March 3. Lighthouse Mission Ministries Base Camp is open every night year-round.

Charlotte Alden is CDN’s general assignment/enterprise reporter; reach her at charlottealden@cascadiadaily.com; 360-922-3090 ext. 123.

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