Shelter stays open tonight, Sunday night

Ashland volunteers have decided to keep an emergency shelter open tonight and Sunday night, as arctic air hovers over the city.

A group of churches and the Community Emergency Response Team opened the cold-weather shelter Friday night when the season's first snow storm hit, bringing frigid temperatures and as much as a foot of powder in mountain areas.

Anyone who needs a warm place to sleep can check into the "no frills" shelter, at First Presbyterian Church, on the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Walker Avenue, beginning at 8 p.m., organizers said.

Shelter doors are locked at 9 p.m., after which people may leave, but not return the same night. The shelter closes during the day, so people must pack up by 7:30 a.m.

Those planning to sleep at the church should bring their own bedding if they can. A limited number of sleeping bags are available to use. Shelter volunteers will lock up people's personal valuables overnight and people will sleep on the floor in a large multipurpose room.

The shelter may open for additional nights, depending on weather conditions, organizers said. Ashlanders can call 552-2378, the CERT hotline, to check if the shelter will be open. Notices will also be placed at a few locations in town such as Shop 'n Kart and Evo's Coffee Lounge.

Staff writer Hannah Guzik can be reached at 482-3456 ext. 226 or hguzik@dailytidings.com.

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