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Charlottesville opens 'warming centers' ahead of forecast snow

With temperatures expected to drop into the teens next week and the chance of snow becoming more likely, the city of Charlottesville is reminding residents that public “warming centers” are open throughout the area.

“These warming centers are a vital resource for the community to seek shelter and warmth during this period of extreme cold,” the city said in a statement released Friday. “Area residents in need are encouraged to utilize these facilities to stay warm and protected.”

Warming centers can be found at:

Key Recreation Center at 800 E. Market St., open from 12 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 6 p.m. on weekends.

Tonsler Recreation Center at 501 Cherry Ave., open from 12 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and closed on Sundays.

Carver Recreation Center at 233 4th St. NW, open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 12 to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

And Jefferson-Madison Regional Library at 201 E. Market St., open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Friday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

The city’s Public Works Department has said it is monitoring incoming storms and has snowplows, salt and other equipment and chemicals at the ready to keep roadways clear.

“While Public Works staff work to ensure equipment and chemicals are ready to go, we ask that residents stay off the roads during the storm if possible,” the city said in a statement. “Crews are better able to service and treat streets with less traffic and it maximizes safety for everyone.”

A new online portal allows users to monitor snowplow activity in the city.

When snow starts to accumulate, the City Hall website at www.charlottesville.gov will have the new plow portal available. There, users can find a color-coded map of Charlottesville roads. Green roads have been recently plowed, blue roads have been plowed within the past four to eight hours, yellow roads have been cleared in the past eight to 12 hours and red roads have not been cleared in 12 hours or more.

Source: www.dailyprogress.com

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