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Nash opens as warming center

Ice forms on the west wall of the Oregon dam following last week's frigid temperatures. Photo by Earleen Hinton
Ice forms on the west wall of the Oregon dam following last week's frigid temperatures. Photo by Earleen Hinton

To combat the effects of frigid weather, Nash Recreation Center, Oregon, opened its doors Monday as a warming center.

“Anyone needing a place to keep warm are welcome to relax in the facility at no charge,” a press release said. 

The facility, at 304 S. Fifth St., opens at 9 a.m. and is handicapped accessible. It has water, restrooms and several lounge areas to escape the freezing temperatures.

After a balmy 15 degrees for a high on Christmas Day, Ogle County’s weather has steadily gone more frigid in the last week.

Thanks to a much-touted polar vortex (just think cold, very, very cold), 2018 ushered in the coldest temperatures maybe ever, setting a record low high on New Year’s Day of -1.

That was on top of wind chills dipping to -30 overnight. It wasn’t all that windy, but when it’s already -15, it doesn’t take much of a breeze.

The National Weather Service offers only limited relief with expected highs of 7 through 10 degrees through Friday and lows dipping to -10.

A warm-up to the freezing mark is expected on Sunday, but brings with it the likelihood of snow — so far the forecasters aren’t saying how much.