Warming centers open as Arctic blast expected this week |

Warming centers open as Arctic blast expected this week

Father and son John, left, and Johnny Nagel were dressed for the cold temperatures on Friday while shoveling snow outside their north Bismarck, N.D., home Friday, Jan. 18, 2019,. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

With frigid temperatures predicted for later in the week, warming centers in the region are beginning to open up.

Temperatures are expected to plummet to the single digits Wednesday and Thursday.

Here is a list of warming centers that have opened. It will be updated as more shelters open during the week.

Allegheny County

  • The Light of Life Rescue Mission on Pittsburgh’s North Side, 913 Western Ave., 412-258-6100, has their warming station open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be hot chocolate and snacks as well as donated winter items and hand/feet warmers available to those in need. If the shelter is full, the organization will transport people to a shelter Downtown.
  • The City of Pittsburgh plans to announce its list of warming shelters sometime Tuesday, according to Tim McNulty, spokesman for Mayor Bill Peduto.
  • Allegheny Valley Salvation Army Corps and Community Center , 724-980-4799, will open a warming center this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 200 Freeport Road, New Kensington, at the rear entrance of The River, a community church. Volunteers from the church will offer transportation to an overnight shelter to those in need.

Westmoreland County

Two cold weather shelters are open in Westmoreland County from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. through March 31 when temperatures dip below 25 degrees for those who are homeless or others whose homes aren’t adequately heated on cold nights, according to the county department of public safety. They are:

  • The Welcome Home Shelter for women and families, 218 S. Maple Ave., Greensburg, 724-838-9133.
  • The Union Mission men’s shelter, 2217 Harrison Ave., Latrobe, 724-539-3550.