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UPDATE: Slick roads and closings, delays

January 22, 2013|By Paul Emmick and Cari Peugeot, WSBT Meteorologists

It's been rough going on some of our roads Tuesday and we have had many school and delays. It's the coldest arctic blast of the winter so far.

CLICK HERE FOR AN UPDATING LIST OF CLOSINGS AND DELAYS

WSBT Chief Meteorologist Paul Emmick has your evening forecast:

WSBT’s Colleen Ferreira has a look at what the roads are like tonight and some tips on dealing with the extreme cold:

Make sure you bundle up and wear layers of warm clothing if you have to head outside today, and cover your head and hands to prevent frostbite.

Pet owners are being warned to bring their animals out of the cold and give them protection in weather like this.

Weather amnesty

Five local sites in St. Joseph County offer a place for the homeless to sleep and stay out of the severe cold overnight.

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They offer this "weather amnesty" each night until April 1 regardless of the temperature. Some of the sites are local shelters offering space in addition to their usual beds.

People typically can check in at 8 p.m. each night and depart by 8 a.m. the next morning. But, with temperatures especially low, the Center for the Homeless let weather amnesty guests stay inside through today, spokeswoman Lisa Knox said.

And Broadway Christian Parish will consider staying open longer today, said the Rev. Nancy Nichols. Broadway typically asks guests to clear out by about 7:15 a.m. so that the room where guests sleep can be cleaned up. Then it allows them back shortly afterward as breakfast is served on Mondays through Thursdays. It then stays open until 11 a.m. for the food pantry, showers and other ministries.

All of the weather amnesty sites welcome donations of blankets, coats, socks, gloves, hand and foot warmers and other items to offer protection.

Here are the sites offering weather amnesty:

--Broadway Christian Parish, 1412 S. Carroll St. (capacity of 30 adults).

--Our Lady of the Road, 744 S. Main St. (capacity of 10 men).

--Center for the Homeless, 813 S. Michigan St. (30 adults and two families).

--Life Treatment Centers, 1402 S. Michigan St. (six adults).

--YWCA North Central Indiana, 1102 S. Fellows St. (four adult women or one family).


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