PORTLAND, Ore. — Several warming shelters around the Portland-Vancouver metro will remain open through Tuesday morning as a dangerous cold snap continues to hit the region.
A cold air mass arrived into the Pacific Northwest over the weekend, bringing temperatures well below freezing across Oregon and southwest Washington. The region will see a few more days of bone-chilling cold. While low temperatures are expected to remain in the 20s on Wednesday, highs will rise into the 50s and warmer overnight temperatures should come Thursday, according to KGW meteorologist Rod Hill.
As of Monday afternoon, severe weather shelters in Washington and Clackamas counties in Oregon and Clark County in southwest Washington are expected to remain open through Tuesday morning to help people stay out of the cold. Multnomah County said it will not reopen its warming shelters. Below is a look at some of the shelters that will be open. The list may be updated.
Zoar Lutheran Church in Canby will remain open until 7 a.m. on Tuesday. Dinner will be provided between 5 and 6 p.m. Dogs on leashes and other small pets in carries are allowed, but people are asked to check with staff.
- Zoar Lutheran Church: 190 Southwest 3rd Avenue, Canby
- Father's Heart Street Ministry: 603 12th St., Oregon City
- Molalla Hope Center: 209 Kennel Avenue, Molalla
Officials in Washington County activated two shelters on Jan. 28. The shelters will remain open Monday night and are expected to close at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, according to Emily Roots with Washington County. Hot meals will be provided and pets are allowed.
- The Salvation Army Building: 1440 Southeast 21st Avenue, Hillsboro
- Beaverton Community Center: 12350 Southwest 5th Street, Beaverton
Two shelters will open their doors Monday evening in Clark County, Washington.
- Living Hope Church: 2711 Northeast Andresen Road, Vancouver, Washington. Open from 7 p.m. Monday-7 a.m. Tuesday.
- Refuel Washougal Community Center: 1681 C Street, Washougal, Washington. Open from 5:30 p.m. Monday to 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Multnomah County closes warming shelters
Multnomah County announced Monday morning it won't reopen its shelters after opening them on Saturday and Sunday. The county said temperatures are not expected to meet the following thresholds needed to reopen them: forecasted temperature of 25 degrees or below, forecasted snow accumulation of one inch or more over a 24-hour period, and forecasted temperature at or below 32 degrees with sustained winds greater than 10 mph overnight.
At least one of those conditions must be met for four or more hours between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. on a given night for the county to open shelters.
The county said weather conditions still meet thresholds for a "cold weather alert" and outreach workers will connect people who are vulnerable to the cold with shelter beds. They will also continue to distribute winter gear.
On Sunday, shelters served about 340 people and reached 80% capacity.
Four people were treated for hypothermia at Portland hospitals on Saturday. Multnomah County said there is typically one hypothermia hospital visit in late January.
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