Beacon Journal staff report
The cold weather is back and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
The National Weather Service is forecasting frigid temperatures and wind chills dipping as low as minus-20 degrees until Friday, when a balmy 15 is predicted.
The weather service issued a wind chill advisory for northern Ohio through noon Wednesday. The advisory includes Summit, Cuyahoga, Medina, Portage, Stark and Wayne counties. The weather service advises that the cold wind chills pose a threat to those who are outside with exposed skin and that animals should be protected from the severe cold.
One bright spot in the chilly forecast is that no significant snow accumulation is expected in the next few days.
For those seeking shelter from the cold, the Peter Maurin Center, 1096 S. Main St. in Akron, planned to open its doors through Thursday night.
The city of Akron isn’t planning extended hours at its community centers, but residents are welcome during the centers’ normal hours. Those vary by center and by day, with some open as late as 8:30 or 9 p.m. on weekdays.
“Anyone is more than welcome to stop in during these hours to warm up if they have the need,” said John Valle, Akron’s director of neighborhood assistance.
A pair of warming centers planned to open in Portage County.
The Center of Hope, at 1034 W. Main St. in Ravenna, and Kent Social Services, at 1066 S. Water St. in Kent, said they would open Wednesday night, as they had during the cold spell earlier this month.
The Akron chapter of the American Red Cross isn’t planning warming centers at this point but is ready to if needed, said spokeswoman Mary Williams.
Williams advised local residents to take care of their pipes to make sure they don’t freeze by leaving water dripping and to have an emergency supply of bottled water on hand in case it is needed.