Spring officially begins in less than 30 days, but winter is taking a stronghold these last couple weeks of February.

We are in a cold weather pattern that continues to not only keep us below average temperature-wise, but also gives us additional chances for lowland snow. This pattern looks to last at least through the rest of the month.

Seattle extends cold shelter service

The cold-weather shelter at Seattle Center Exhibition Center will remain open for at least two more nights. With the help of the Urban League, the city extended the service to Wednesday and Thursday night.

There is space for 100 people on a first-come-first-served basis.

Cold weather pattern grips the Northwest

Here's the gist of our overall weather pattern: A strong ridge of high pressure has developed just west of the Gulf of Alaska. This is diverting cold temperatures south into the Pacific Northwest while at the same time giving those in interior Alaska a taste of spring. This flow pattern is forecast to remain in place for at least a couple weeks.

Seattle temps for February 21st:

Average high: 51°, Forecast: 39°

Average low: 37°, Forecast: 27°

The climate outlook for the next 6-10 days shows much colder than average temperatures for the western half of the U.S., and warmer than average for the eastern half.

It seems the Groundhog was on to something when he predicted 6 more weeks of winter!