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.