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Local officials don’t plan warming shelters for cold snap

January 18, 2019

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Local officials in Vermont say an intense cold snap is expected to follow the weekend snowstorm, but they don’t expect a need to open warming shelters at this time.

Central and northeastern Vermont is expected to see 8-15 inches of snow, and temperatures are expected to dip into the single digits over the holiday weekend. The Times Argus reports Barre City Manager Steven Mackenzie said Thursday he had polled his department heads about the possible need for a warming shelter.

Mackenzie says shelters during previous cold snaps saw little use. He notes that city offices will open Monday despite the national holiday of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Rutland Fire Department Deputy Chief William Lovett says the city will keep residents posted on any new developments as they happen.

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Information from: The Times Argus, http://www.timesargus.com/

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