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Austin opens cold weather shelters amid freezing rain

Austin Public Health will open up cold weather shelters for tonight as temperatures continue to plummet.


Single adults can report to the Central Library at 710 West Cesar Chavez St. from 6-8 p.m., while families in need of shelter can head to the Downtown Salvation Army Shelter at 501 East 8th St. by 6 p.m.

According to the city, temperatures will be checked and a health screening will be performed at registration to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Shelters are opening up after the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning Thursday morning through midnight on Friday. Freezing rain has contributed to travel hazards, including a 26-car pileup on North State Highway 45, that sent five to the hospital. Temperatures are expected to continue to plunge through Monday with possible snow.

Anyone needing more information can call APH's 24-hour hotline at 512-305-4233.


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26-car pileup on icy roads sends 5 people to hospital

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