Area dealing with lingering cold snap

Jan. 16—ANDERSON — Madison County is experiencing one of the coldest snaps in temperatures this week with no relief in sight for several more days.

Micah Mitchell with Madison County Weather updates said the current temperatures are the lowest in Anderson since 2022.

He said that on Dec. 23, 2022, the high temperature was -1 degree and the low temperature was -9. Mitchell said that six days later Anderson had a record high temperature of 58 degrees.

"We normally get a cold snap like this every two or three years," he said. "It's going to stay below freezing for at least a week."

Mitchell said more snow is expected Thursday and Friday which will keep the thermometer below the freezing mark.

Although there are several warming centers in Anderson for the homeless, the Salvation Army had only four people stay on Sunday and none since then.

Jason Howard with Turning Point said there has been an increase in activity at several sites during the cold snap.

He was at the Eleos Center operated by the Christian Center where three people were staying out of the cold.

The Eleos Center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Howard said when the Eleos Center closes people are taken to the First United Methodist Church which remains open until 8 p.m.

"We have been able to connect with a number of people," he said. "There is a lot of substance abuse and the cold weather motivates them to get off the street."

Howard said Turning Point focuses on safety, shelter and assisting people to get treatment to return to a healthy lifestyle.

The Eleos Center is open Friday and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Howard said the Madison County Sheriff's Department and Anderson Police Department are both keeping their lobbies open for people to take shelter.

Mitchell said the last time Anderson had a cold snap that lasted this long was from Dec. 25, 2017 through Jan. 7, 2018.

The peak was a low temperature of -12 on Jan. 2, 2018, but the temperature rebounded on Jan. 11 to a record high of 58 degrees.

Mitchell said the coldest stretch Anderson has experienced took place from Jan. 14 to Jan. 21, 1994. For those eight days the low temperatures were all below zero, which included the all-time record low of -29 degrees on Jan. 19.

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