|01 06||Cold Weather Advisory!|
As temperatures drop precipitously and winter weather moves across Illinois, we want to urge you to take precautions to stay safe this winter. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in Chicago over the next 24-48 hours will mostly be in the single digits and below; we are expected to experience the coldest weather to hit the region in decades. Winds are also expected to get as high as 35 mph. The combination of wind, snow, and freezing temperatures creates conditions that are extremely dangerous and even life threatening. The National Weather Service recommends that you, "postpone any non-emergency travel during this period of dangerous cold." If you must go outdoors please dress accordingly and check the National Weather Service's website to assess weather conditions.
Those in need of shelter from the cold can visit any of the City's six Warming Centers. Due to extreme conditions, all six centers will remain open for extended times. From Sunday, January 5th to Tuesday, January 7th the City's Warming Centers will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Warming Center at 10 S. Kedzie is open 24 hours a day. Additional community facilities that serve as Warming Centers are libraries, Park District buildings and senior centers.The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services also has staff available to assist residents in crisis available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Below is a list of the City of Chicago's six Warming Centers.
DFSS COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTER LOCATIONS
Garfield Center, 10 S. Kedzie Avenue
Englewood Center, 1140 w. 79th Street
King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove
North Area, 845 W. Wilson Avenue
South Chicago, 8650 S. Commercial Avenue
Trina Davila 4357 W. Armitage Avenue
As of 4:30 p.m. today, Chicago Public Schools are scheduled to be open for classes Monday, January 6th. According to CPS, any students not in attendance will be recorded as an excused absence. For an update on potential school closures please call 773-553-1000. Remember to check on friends, family, and neighbors especially seniors and individuals with limited mobility. For more information of the City of Chicago's extreme weather services call 311. In case of an emergency, please call 911.