Subzero Temperatures Hit Erie

- January 6, 2014 - The polar vortex -- that dense, frigid, arctic air swirling around the US -- is showing no mercy here in Erie.

The temperature has been dropping all day long, not to mention the windchill making it feeling as cold as around -20 to possibly as cold as -40.

With these cold temperatures, frostbite becomes an issue.

If you are braving the cold, health officials from Saint Vincent advise you to bundle up and to keep an eye on the elderly, young children, and pets.

This time of year -- with this brutal cold -- is especially dangerous for the homeless.

We stopped by the Upper Room, a warming center, and Our Neighbor’s Place, an overflow shelter, and officials say there is a serious need for these kinds of resources for the homeless during this kind of frigid cold.

The Upper Room, located at 1024 Peach St, is open from 8:30am-4:00pm and 5:00pm-11:00pm.

Our Neighbor's Place, located at 250 W. 7th St, is open from 7:00pm-7:00am.

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