Warming centers open tonight

Get ready to come in from the cold.

With a biting, gusting wind expected to plunge temperatures into the lower 30s, the city and county of Sacramento announced their joint warming center would open its doors for the next few nights.

Those without shelter or heat will be able to find both at the Southside Pool House at 2107 6th Street in Sacramento, beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 30, and be allowed to remain there until 6 a.m.

The city announced on its website that it expected to reopen the center on both Thursday and Friday nights, depending on temperatures.

The criteria for opening the center is three days of extreme cold or freeze warnings, accompanied by nighttime temperatures of 32 degrees or lower.

Backup facilities are being arranged in case the center reaches capacity, the city states on its website. There will be an area in the warming center for pets. Animal Services will also supply 10 kennels for larger dogs and small carriers for smaller animals, the city adds.

The city of Elk Grove and Cosumnes Community Services District will also open a warming center at the Barbara Morse Wackford Community and Aquatic Complex, at 9014 Bruceville Road, The Sacramento Bee reported. It will be open from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday, and possibly longer.

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