SEATTLE — Forecasters say Washington is going into the deep freeze.
A cold front moving through the state Monday is expected to plunge low temperatures below freezing for the rest of the week.
The National Weather Service says the front is causing snow in parts of the Western Washington lowlands Monday, but accumulations are expected to be 2 inches or less, mostly on hills away from water.
Forecasters say high temperatures in Western Washington this week will barely break the freezing mark and lows will range between15 and 25.
In Eastern Washington, forecasters expect highs this week in the 20s with lows dropping into single digits.
Some cities are opening emergency shelters because of the cold.
Officials also are warning of the risk of freezing water pipes and home heating dangers.