Stay warm during lingering polar vortex


Callaway County won’t thaw until next week at the earliest, thanks to a lingering polar vortex, the National Weather Service predicts.

The forecast suggests this week’s high will happen Wednesday, with temperatures reaching a balmy 21 degrees as wintry mix falls. Temps are expected to plunge to frigid new depths Saturday nights, dipping below zero for the first time this winter.

This kind of weather is hard on everyone and everything, but especially those who lack access to reliable heating and shelter.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has an online database of warming centers in the state, available here (bit.ly/3cPoitG). DHSS recommends calling ahead to centers if possible due to potential changes because of COVID-19.

Daniel Boone Regional Libraries are among the usual shelters not participating this year due to the pandemic.

“None of the Daniel Boone Regional Libraries — that includes the Callaway County Public Library in Fulton, the Columbia Public Library, the Holts Summit Public Library and the Southern Boone County Public Library in Ashland — are warming centers this year,” said Mitzi St. John, DBRL public relations manager. “Currently, visits to the library are limited to 30 minutes.”

Leaving out the libraries, DHSS lists three potential shelters in Callaway County:

Callaway County Health Department, 4950 County Road 304, Fulton; 573-642-6881; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call ahead to check if warming center is open.

Callaway Senior Center, 531 Commons Drive, Fulton; 573-642-2458; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call first if weather is bad.

State of Missouri 13th Judicial Circuit Court, 10 E. Fifth St., Fulton; 573-642-0780; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

As of Monday, Fulton’s only overnight homeless shelter, Wiley House, had one bed available for a woman. All men’s beds were full, as is family shelter Haven House.

“It’s been crazy,” said Our House executive director Misty Dothage.

Wiley House is currently open 24/7, rather than just overnight. Call 573-642-6065 to learn more.

Nearby Boone and Cole counties have warming centers, too.

Jefferson City

Capital Mall, 3600 County Club Drive; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

Clarke Senior Center, 1310 Linden Drive; 573-634-8020; 8 a.m.-4 p.m Monday through Friday; closed during severe weather and on holidays.

Missouri River Regional Library, 214 Adams St.; 573-634-2464; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

The Salvation Army of Jefferson City can provide overnight cots during cold weather. For more information, call 573-635-1975.

Columbia

Activity and Recreation Center, 1707 W. Ash St.; 573-874-7700. Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Stay warm during lingering polar vortex


Callaway County won’t thaw until next week at the earliest, thanks to a lingering polar vortex, the National Weather Service predicts.

The forecast suggests this week’s high will happen Wednesday, with temperatures reaching a balmy 21 degrees as wintry mix falls. Temps are expected to plunge to frigid new depths Saturday nights, dipping below zero for the first time this winter.

This kind of weather is hard on everyone and everything, but especially those who lack access to reliable heating and shelter.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has an online database of warming centers in the state, available here (bit.ly/3cPoitG). DHSS recommends calling ahead to centers if possible due to potential changes because of COVID-19.

Daniel Boone Regional Libraries are among the usual shelters not participating this year due to the pandemic.

“None of the Daniel Boone Regional Libraries — that includes the Callaway County Public Library in Fulton, the Columbia Public Library, the Holts Summit Public Library and the Southern Boone County Public Library in Ashland — are warming centers this year,” said Mitzi St. John, DBRL public relations manager. “Currently, visits to the library are limited to 30 minutes.”

Leaving out the libraries, DHSS lists three potential shelters in Callaway County:

Callaway County Health Department, 4950 County Road 304, Fulton; 573-642-6881; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call ahead to check if warming center is open.

Callaway Senior Center, 531 Commons Drive, Fulton; 573-642-2458; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call first if weather is bad.

State of Missouri 13th Judicial Circuit Court, 10 E. Fifth St., Fulton; 573-642-0780; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

As of Monday, Fulton’s only overnight homeless shelter, Wiley House, had one bed available for a woman. All men’s beds were full, as is family shelter Haven House.

“It’s been crazy,” said Our House executive director Misty Dothage.

Wiley House is currently open 24/7, rather than just overnight. Call 573-642-6065 to learn more.

Nearby Boone and Cole counties have warming centers, too.

Jefferson City

Capital Mall, 3600 County Club Drive; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

Clarke Senior Center, 1310 Linden Drive; 573-634-8020; 8 a.m.-4 p.m Monday through Friday; closed during severe weather and on holidays.

Missouri River Regional Library, 214 Adams St.; 573-634-2464; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

The Salvation Army of Jefferson City can provide overnight cots during cold weather. For more information, call 573-635-1975.

Columbia

Activity and Recreation Center, 1707 W. Ash St.; 573-874-7700. Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

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