ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Bitterly cold temperatures are locking in on St. Louis for the next 24 hours, with wind chills expected to hover below zero for much of the morning. Municipalities and non profit groups across the area have opened more than five dozen warming centers that are available for anyone needing to get out of the cold.
There is a list of available centers here:
You can also find a map showing various locations in Missouri and Illinois here:
City and non-profit groups have been out much of the night looking for homeless people in need of a place to stay. Sometimes the homeless don't come to them, so teams go looking for them.
"We have outreach teams that go out and actively look for people that maybe don't know about our shelters and try to bring them indoors because right now it is unsafe for anyone to be outside," said Irene Agustin the Chief Program Manager with the city of St. Louis homeless services division.
Despite a mild early winter, additional overnight shelters have been opened by the city at least ten times this year. Warming centers begin opening when temperatures fall below fifteen degrees.