New City, NY, – An arctic front is moving through the region Thursday evening that will usher in a brief shot of dangerous cold air Friday into Saturday. Wind gusts up to 45 mph are expected, leading to wind chills well below zero Friday afternoon into Saturday afternoon.
This brief arctic blast can cause hypothermia if proper precautions are not taken. We remind families frostbite can also occur in as little as 15 to 30 minutes on exposed skin.
County Executive Ed Day and Commissioner of Social Services Joan Silvestri remind families that the Rockland County Warming Center, operated by Catholic Charities Community Services of Rockland, is open to homeless single adults at the Dr. Robert L. Yeager Health Center in Pomona.
The Warming Center opens each night at 5 p.m., regardless of the temperature, and remains open during the day when the temperature, including wind chill, is 32 degrees or below which is anticipated this weekend.
The Center offers showers and laundry facilities. Dinner and breakfast are provided for overnight guests and lunch is served during the day when the center is open.
The locations where individuals can be picked up for transportation to the Center and the pickup times are listed below:
- Nyack– 4:25 PM & 8:00 PM South Broadway and Burd Street (in front of the First Reformed Church of Nyack)
- Haverstraw– 5:00 PM & 6:20 PM Village of Haverstraw Commuter parking lot (across from Village Hall)
- Spring Valley– 5:30 PM & 7:05 PM Spring Valley Parking lot west of Key Bank on Route 59 by Planet Fitness
- Pomona– Department of Social Services 5:00 PM at 50 Sanatorium Road (at the bus shelter Monday-Friday only)