St. Johns County will see freezing temperatures over the weekend, and at least two churches will offer cold night shelters to people in need.
"We're going to have an arctic cold front move through on Friday evening," said Ben Nelson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
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Winds will pick up heading into Saturday morning. Temperatures will be in the mid-30s for the low and around 50 for the high on Saturday, he said. Sustained winds of 15-20 mph are expected, and the temperatures will feel as cold as the low-to-mid 20s, he said.
A freeze is expected to settle in on Saturday night, with temperatures likely dipping to the upper 20s west of Interstate 95 and to around 30 along the coast, Nelson said. Sunday is expected to bring highs in the mid-50s and lows in the 30s late Sunday and early Monday.
Temperatures are expected to warm back up to the 70s on Wednesday, he said.
Nelson encouraged people to be careful when using space heaters and other alternate sources of heat.
"The thing that we've been seeing locally is a lot of house fires from people using space heaters," he said.
He also encouraged people to check on vulnerable individuals and consider protecting pipes from freezing.
People who need shelter can call the St. Johns County Continuum of Care's cold-night shelter hotline for information at 904-819-4344.
At least two locations will be hosting cold-night shelters over the weekend:
Starting at 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Sunday night, doors will open for shelter at Grace United Methodist Church at 8 Carrera St. in St Augustine. Space is limited, and the church will not serve food as it has in the past, said Peggy Namie, office administrator. People will be asked to wear a mask, and the church will provide a mask if people don't have one, she said.
At 8 p.m. on Saturday, doors will open for shelter at First United Methodist Church at 118 King St. in Saint Augustine, church official Phyllis Thorpe said. The church is asking people to wear masks and will provide a mask to anyone who doesn't have one.
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