Agencies prepare for arctic blast

Rescue Mission

Another blast of arctic air is descending on the Valley, and meteorologists say the frigid air mass is literally coming from the North Pole.

Temperatures are expected to drop to the single digits by this afternoon and overnight lows could drop to minus 10. With the wind chill, it will feel like minus 15 to 25 degrees going into Tuesday morning.

For a complete forecast, click here.

Several agencies are preparing for the deep freeze by setting up warming shelters and warming stations. Warming stations typically do not provide overnight shelter. A warming shelter will provide overnight accommodations.

Both the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley and the Warren Family Mission are at capacity but say they will not turn anyone away looking to get out of the cold. Warm beverages will be served at both locations.

Salvation Army locations in Warren and Youngstown will be open as warming stations for anyone looking for shelter from the cold. The American Red Cross will also be providing safety from the frigid temperatures.

“We’re here as a warming station, so we can have people come in, get out of the cold and have a hot cup of coffee and a few snacks,” said Red Cross volunteer Furman Alden. “There will be some, if needed, we will be opening some shelters for sleeping. We’ll announce that if that’s going to happen.”

A list of agencies providing services is listed below and will be updated throughout the day.

Trumbull County:

Warren Family Mission – Warming station and shelter, 361 Elm Rd., Warren.

Salvation Army – Warming station, 270 Franklin St., Warren.

The American Red Cross – Warming station, 3530 Belmont Ave., Liberty, across from Wal-Mart.

Mahoning County:

Salvation Army – Warming station, 1501 Glenwood Ave., Youngstown.

The Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley – Warming station and shelter, 962 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Youngstown.

Columbiana County:

Salvation Army – Warming station,  1249 N. Ellsworth Ave., Salem.

Wellsville Central Church, 100 Main St., Wellsville.

Salineville Fire Department, 34 Washington St., Salineville. Call 330-679-2321 for further assistance.

East Liverpool City Hall, 126 W. 6th St.

Franklin Fire Department, 32046 Spruce St., Summitville. Call 330-223-2001 for further assistance.

Columbiana County EMA, 215 South Market St., Lisbon. Call 330-424-9725 for further assistance.

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