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Warming shelters open in the metro area as Portland faces record-low temps

Counties are opening up severe weather shelters as temperatures are expected to drop in the metro area this week.

PORTLAND, Ore. — As Portland faces record-low temperatures this week, Multnomah and Washington Counties are opening up warming shelters to the public.

Washington County opened shelters on Feb. 21 until further notice. There will be pop-up severe weather shelters added to the list of shelters that are open in Washington County from November to March for those who need to escape the weather.

The pop-up shelters include:

  • The Salvation Army Building, located at 1440 SE 21st Ave. in Hillsboro. It is accessible via TriMet route number 57
  • Beaverton Community Center, located at 12350 SW 5th St. in Beaverton. It is accessible via TriMet route numbers 52, 76, and 78

Washington County's website will be updated with shelter information or you can email shsinfo@co.washington.or.us for more information. If you are concerned about someone who is outside without shelter you can call the police non-emergency number at 503-629-0111 and request a welfare check, or if they appear to be in danger, call 911.

Multnomah County shelters opened on Feb. 22 in anticipation of the incoming cold weather. The shelters will stay open through at least 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24. It declared a state of emergency on Tuesday. It will be in effect from Feb. 22-24.

You can find shelters in Multnomah County at:

Anyone needing cold weather resources should call 211 or visit 211info.

Clackamas County is also opening cold weather shelters:

  • The Father's Heart Street Ministry, located at 603 12th Street in Oregon City
    It will be open from 6 p.m.-7 a.m. The line for service begins at 5:45 p.m. and people are allowed in on a first-come, first-serve basis. This is not a pet-friendly shelter. You can call the shelter at 503-722-9780. Food, sleeping mats and hot drinks will be provided.
  • Molalla Warming Center, located at 209 Kennel Avenue in Molalla. It will be open from 6 p.m.-8 a.m. Hot drinks, a hot dinner and sleeping mats will be provided.
  • Zoar Lutheran Warming Shelter, located at 190 SW Third in Canby. It will be open from 6 p.m.-7 a.m. A meal will be provided at 6 p.m.but to-go meals will be provided from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Well-mannered dogs on a leash or other small pets in carriers may be allowed. Check with the shelter staff.

 Clackamas is also opening daytime emergency warming centers. They are open during normal operating hours and are largely being hosted at public libraries. You can find a list here. 

KGW meteorologist Rod Hill said morning temperatures could dip into the teens Tuesday through Thursday before warming up Thursday afternoon.

This story will be updated.

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