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Warming shelters opening this weekend

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Elizabethtown, Radcliff bracing for dangerously low temps

By Marty Finley

Elizabethtown and Radcliff are opening warming shelters this weekend in response to plummeting temperatures and the chance for snow.

Elizabethtown Fire Chief Mike Hulsey said a warming shelter will be coordinated from 5 p.m. Sunday to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Pritchard Community Center with cots, hot coffee and television available for those looking to escape the cold.

Radcliff will open a warming shelter of its own from 5 p.m. Sunday to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Colvin Community Center in conjunction with the American Red Cross, said Fire Chief Jamie Henderson. Cots and coffee will be on hand.

Both cities will examine the need to extend hours Tuesday. Hulsey said Elizabethtown will close its shelter if no one shows up by 11 p.m. Sunday.

The shelters have been arranged as a precaution as temperatures are projected to dip into the single digits this weekend and early next week with a chance for snow, sleet and rain.

The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures to dip near zero Sunday night. Monday is only calling for a high around 2 and a low around 4 below zero for the Elizabethtown area.

Henderson encouraged residents to check in on their neighbors and the elderly during the weekend to make sure they are safe.

Marty Finley can be reached at 270-505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com