BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore city officials say they will extend emergency shelter hours and reach out to vulnerable resident because of low temperatures expected this weekend.
Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot says the city has ordered a Code Blue cold weather alert for Saturday and Sunday. The National Weather Service says low temperatures are expected to dip into the 20s over the weekend with rain and snow showers expected on Saturday.
City officials say Baltimore has 10 emergency shelters currently operating. They are also reminding residents of cold weather safety tips, including dressing appropriately in multiple layers of loose-fitting clothing, including hats and scarves when outdoors. Space heaters should also be kept away from flammable materials such as curtains, clothing and furniture.
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