Free transportation to warming centers across the Des Moines metro as temperatures drop

Polk County is providing free DART transportation to warming centers across the metro beginning on Tuesday for 48 hours as temperatures drop into the teens.

Temperatures are expected to drop to 11 degrees Fahrenheit with wind chill around 6 p.m. on Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service. Freezing rain is also expected as rain turns into snow Tuesday late afternoon. Winds are expected to reach up to 35 miles-per-hour overnight, according to a tweet from the NWS.

With cold wind blowing, temperatures are likely to stay in the single-digits in the metro until around 9 a.m. on Wednesday, but will remain in the mid-teens with a high of 17 degrees with wind chill expected around 3 p.m.

Warming centers are available across the metro area, including in Des Moines, Altoona, Urbandale, Johnston, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights. Warming center locations and their respective bus routes can be viewed at

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Francesca Block is a breaking news reporter at the Des Moines Register. Reach her at or on Twitter at @francescablock3.

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