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Warming centers open as temperatures plummet

Warming centers are available around the region as temperatures drop to dangerous lows. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

WASHINGTON — It is going to be dangerously cold over the next 72 hours. Some places will feel like it is 20 degrees below zero.

That means there is concern about hypothermia, and getting out of the cold could mean the difference between life or death for some people.

There are warming centers open this weekend to serve the less fortunate.

In Fairfax, there are shelters in Reston, Alexandria and Falls Church. Call 703-691-2131 for assistance.

Alexandria’s Winter Hypothermia Center can be reached at 703-548-7500.

In Arlington, an Emergency Winter Shelter is located at 2049 North 15th Street. Call 703-228-7395 for details.

In Montgomery County, the Montgomery County Crisis Center in Rockville is open. Call 240-777-4000 for information about services.

In Anne Arundel County, there are several warming centers including in Annapolis and Laurel. Libraries will be available until their normal closing time of 5 p.m. Click here for a list of warming centers.

In Prince George’s County, there are shelters in Landover, Bowie and Temple Hills.

There are also seasonal shelters in D.C. Call the Shelter Hotline at 1-800-535-7252 for more information.

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