Mayor Ed Murray has activated Seattle's Emergency Operations Center in preparation for lowland snowfall expected to hit the region between Monday evening and Tuesday morning, according to an announcement from Murray's office. The EOC is the nerve center for the city's response to problems that arise because of the forecasted winter storm.

Residents are advised to store emergency supplies in their homes and cars, and avoid driving. According to the preparedness website Take Winter by Storm, that kit should include a minimum three days' supply of nonperishable food and water.

The city Department of Human Services has opened an emergency co-ed adult shelter at the Seattle Center Pavilion, 305 Harrison St, which has capacity to house 100 people 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. through Dec. 8. The county also has room for 50 men at the King County AdministratioN Building, 500 Fourth Ave. through Tuesday.

The National Weather Service has predicted another storm will hit Puget Sound on Thursday.