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A screengrab from an Ashland Fiber Network webcam shows a snowy entrance to Lithia Park on Monday morning. The snow accumulation in Ashland was at about 3 inches shortly before 11 a.m., as measured at a location near the university.

Ashland warming center open tonight

An extreme weather warming center will open at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the First United Methodist Church, 175 E. Main St. for anyone who needs to get out of the cold. Doors close at 9:30 p.m. and guests can stay until around 6:15 a.m. Tuesday.

An extreme weather warming center will open at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, for anyone who needs to get out of the cold. Doors close at 9:30 p.m. and guests can stay until around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Pets and children are welcome. Sleeping is not allowed due to the building permit. Volunteer Vanessa Houk said volunteers will bring board games and maybe show movies.

No word about a warming center for Wednesday night was available at noon today.

Lows are expected to be about 24 tonight, 20 Tuesday night and 22 Wednesday before rising to nearly freezing at 31 degrees on Thursday evening, according to the National Weather Service at late Monday morning.

To find out if the shelters will open, the public can check the Ashland Tidings online, the bulletin board on the Plaza and the post in front of Pioneer Hall.

The City Council will discuss increasing the required temperature to trigger opening of an extreme weather warming center from 20 degrees to 32 at its study session starting at 5:30 p.m. today in the Council Chambers at 1175 East Main St.

Feb. 4, 11:43 a.m.: Story updated to include information about Tuesday night's shelter and update forecast temperatures.

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