JUST IN: Emergency shelter in Springfield open through weekend

An emergency shelter will open in Springfield this afternoon and is expected to remain open through Sunday morning to provide help amid extreme cold weather forecast for the area this weekend.

The shelter at 1625 E. High St. will be open from 4 p.m. Friday through 8 a.m. Sunday, according to a City of Springfield press release.

The shelter will be hosted by East High Street Church of the Nazarene, and its entrance is at the corner of High Street and Ludlow Avenue. COVID-19 precautions will be taken, the city said.

Skies were mostly cloudy Friday with an afternoon high of 20 degrees in Dayton and 23 degrees in Columbus, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

Arctic air moves in Friday night. Temperatures near zero and in the single digits tonight will result in wind chill values approaching 10 below zero, which will linger through early Saturday morning, according to the NWS.

People are urged to limit time outdoors and any skin exposure. Anyone who must be out is advised to dress in extra layers.

It will be partly sunny Saturday with a high in the lower 20s. However, with light and variable winds, the wind chill could be as low as 6 below zero during the early part of the day.

Saturday night will be mostly clear with an overnight low around 9 degrees and wind chill values near zero.

A warmup comes on Sunday, when it will be sunny with a high in the mid-30s. It will be partly cloudy Sunday night with an overnight low around 15 degrees.

Skies will be partly sunny on Monday to start the workweek, with a high near 31 degrees. By mid-week, high temperatures are expected to reach the upper 30s.

The emergency shelter is a collaborative response coordinated by the Nehemiah Foundation, East High Street Church of the Nazarene, Interfaith Hospitality Network, City of Springfield, Clark County Government, Clark County Combined Health District and many other local support networks, according to the release. Volunteer opportunities are being managed by United Way of Clark Champaign and Madison Counties.

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