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Columbia officials urge precautions in frigid temperatures

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With some of the coldest weather of the year expected over the coming days, the city of Columbia put out precautions for residents planning on being out in the cold.

The city said it's important to stay warm and dry in order to reduce cold weather threats.

It's also being advised not to ignore shivering. It is a sign of your body losing heat and if it persists it's recommended that you find shelter.

Columbia is also asking its residents to know the signs of hypothermia as well as frostbite.

For hypothermia, symptoms include exhaustion, confusion and drowsiness.

Frostbite symptoms include tingling and numbness. Frostbite usually will affect the nose, ears cheeks, chin, fingers and toes.

Officials encourage people to limit outdoor time for children and provide proper shelter for pets.

If you find yourself stranded in your vehicle, remain inside and layer up.

With the cold weather expected, Columbia also has shelters across the city for those looking for a warm place to sleep.

Room at The Inn is one of those shelters, with two locations for those in need.

The shelter opens at 7 p.m. each night however, those wanting to stay will have to show up at 702 Wilkes Blvd. to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.

That screening takes place from 5 p.m. until 6:30, visitors will then be routed to one of the two locations.

Other shelters in Columbia include:

  • Room at the Inn
  • Salvation Army Harbor House (men, women and families)
  • St. Francis House (for men), 901 Range Line St.
  • Lois Bryant House (women and families), 913 Range Line St.
  • Rainbow House (for children/youth), 1611 Towne Dr.
  • True North (for domestic violence)
  • Welcome Home (for veterans), 2120 Business Loop 70 E.

ABC 17-KMIZ / Boone / Cold / Columbia / Lifestyle / Top Stories / Weather / Winter Weather
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Ben Fein

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