Akron is in store for more bitter cold temps as we make are way toward the New Year, with overnight lows in the single, even negative digits Saturday and Sunday. In response, the City of Akron has extended cold shelter hours at various community centers throughout the city.. Mayor Horrigan said, in a press release, "The City of Akron would like to do our part in making sure we provide a warm place to drop in and escape the cold."
Meanwhile, Haven of Rest Ministries is under a "Code Zero", reminding Akron area residents who may be looking for a break from the cold, that their doors are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Haven is located at 175 E. Market Street in Downtown Akron.
See the full press release and list of community centers below:
(CITY OF AKRON) Akron, Ohio, December 28, 2017 –
Effective Saturday, December 30, 2017 and continuing through Monday, January 1, the City of Akron will be extending hours in three community centers to double as warming centers for those residents who are in need.
“As temperatures are slated to drop significantly, and some citizens may not have adequate access to a properly heated facility throughout the day, the City of Akron would like to do our part in making sure we provide a warm place to drop in and escape the cold,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said. “Specific centers will now be open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, when many other public spaces may be closed.”
The following centers will be open Saturday, Dec 30 – Monday, Jan 1, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.:
Mason Park Community Center 700 E. Exchange Street Akron, OH 44306 330-375-2821
Patterson Park Community Center 800 Patterson Avenue Akron, OH 44310 330-375-2819
Summit Lake Community Center 380 W. Crosier Street Akron, OH 44311 330-375-2826
The City will continue to monitor for continuous frigid temperatures. Unless otherwise specified, the centers will return to their normal business hours starting January 2, 2018.
Winter appears to be far from over as we in Northeast Ohio were brutally reminded this week.
One hopeful sign that perhaps the worst is behind us: the National Weather Service's Winter Weather Advisory expiration was moved up from 8 p.m. Wednesday to 4 p.m. and forecasters call for the snow to taper off by mid-afternoon.
But that doesn't mean the cold is going anywhere. The high temperature for Wednesday is only 27* and was already reached by noon. Factor in the wind chill and some areas could be hit with what feels like -2*, according to the National Weather Service.
Road conditions progressively got better throughout the morning commute Wednesday, but Brent Kovacs with ODOT tells the Ray Horner Morning Show that trucks will continue to treat the roadways overnight into early Thursday morning to prevent any freezing when temperatures continue to drop.
For those who may not have anywhere to go when the cold bites as it has this week, Haven of Rest Ministries reminds all residents that their doors are open. They have enacted "Code Zero" and are accomodating their facility at 175 E. Market Street.
The wind chill is pushing temperatures below zero in the Akron area -- prompting a local shelter to issue a "Code Zero" alert.
Haven of Rest has issued a "Code Zero" Alert to remind those in need that the shelter is open 24/7. The shelter will be open for guests looking for a place to get warm -- and for those interested in a meal or simply a hot cup of coffee.
Since the start of the New Year, Haven of Rest Ministries has noticed an increase in the amount of people seeking shelter -- and that number is expected to climb with temperatures in the teens and the wind chill forcing that number below zero.