Salvation Army opening Green Bay warming centers for cold temperatures

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The snow might be giving us a break, but bitter cold is about to grip the area.

The coldest temperatures yet this winter are arriving at the end of the week.

Green Bay Salvation Army is starting up its warming center to help people stay out of the cold.

"We open our chapel at the Salvation Army to make people feel comfortable, at home and most importantly to get them out them cold and frigid temperatures,” Salvation Army Director of Social Services Nan Pahl said.

When the temperatures hit zero and below, the Salvation Army's chapel at 626 Union Court becomes a warming shelter during the day, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

An emergency medicine physician, Dr. Kyle McCarty said warming centers are needed because time exposed to bitter cold can be life threatening.

"You're spending extra time shoveling right now, and it's heavier snow than you thought it was going to be,” McCarty said. “That’s a lot more physical exertion than you might've expected, which could end up putting your heart into access strain.”

The warming center at the Salvation Army is open to anyone, and during the week there's also a hot meal.

"We serve lunch Monday through Friday between 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.,” said Pahl.

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