Warming Centers Open in South County at Police Station, Library and Senior Centers
The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory from midnight tonight until 6 p.m. Tuesday. Wind chill temperatures are expected to be -5°F to -15°F. Winds will be from the west at 15 to 25 MPH with gusts to 35 MPH.
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman announced that all Police District Community Rooms will be open starting at 6 p.m. on Monday. They will be open until Wednesday at noon when temperatures are expected to return to seasonally normal. In South County, visit the Southern District station at 35 Stepneys Lane in Edgewater.
Starting tonight, all branches of the Anne Arundel County Library will be open until 9 p.m. for those seeking shelter. The libraries in South County include the Edgewater Branch, on Stepney Lane in Edgewater and the South County Branch, on Deale-Churchton Road in Deale. These two libraries will reopen Tuesday at 1 p.m.
During the day on Tuesday, the South County Senior Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging will provide necessary transportation to the warming centers.
All warming centers are accessible and have water and restroom facilities. The warming centers are intended to provide temporary relief from the extreme cold. No pets will be accepted at any of the Warming Centers. Arrangements can be made to transport their pets to Animal Control on a case by case basis if needed and resources are available.
There are approximately 100 beds for the homeless available for tonight (Monday), including 25 serving South County at the Lighthouse Shelter, 10 Hudson Street in Annapolis and Bay Ridge Christian Church 1071 Bay Ridge Road in Annapolis. Contact Anne Arundel County Social Services (410-269-4500) or Lighthouse Shelter (410-263-1835) for further details.
The wind chill forecast for Maryland this afternoon through Tuesday evening (January 7) is extremely dangerous. The Department of Health encourages residents to exercise caution during extremely cold temperatures. Frostbite can set in within minutes. Children, the elderly and people with poor circulation are at particular risk for hypothermia or frostbite. If you must go outside, remember to layer your clothing and wear a warm hat, gloves, scarf and wear waterproof boots or shoes. Remember to bring in pets and check on elderly and neighbors.