Winter weather affects area
Jan 08, 2014 | 1097 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Winter weather struck the area this week in the form of frigid cold temperatures with wind chills below zero. A warming trend is predicted, but local officials and agencies have set up shelters for those who may need help.

Beds and food are being offered locally at Holly Creek Baptist Church and the Northwest Georgia Red Cross has set up a shelter in Dalton.

As temperatures dropped to record lows in many parts of Georgia, Northwest Georgia Red Cross volunteers mobilized to provide warming shelters to those seeking refuge from bitterly cold temperatures and biting winds. The Northwest Georgia Red Cross is currently operating or supporting warming shelters in five counties. The shelters will be open through Jan 8th at noon. At the shelter there will be cots, blankets, food, beverages and comfort. “Many Georgians have never experienced dangerously cold, life-threatening weather ” said Jeffrey Putnam, executive director of the Northwest Georgia Red Cross, which serves, Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker and Whitfield Counties “With subzero temperatures and wind chill advisories in effect for our area, we want to make sure everyone has a chance to stay warm”. Red Cross and partner warming shelter are located at:North Georgia Agricultural Fairgrounds, 500 Legion Drive.

Murray County schools were closed Monday and Tuesday and are on a two hour delay today.