Morristown opens warming center in advance of dangerous cold snap

BUNDLE UP!  A dangerous wind chill is in the forecast. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

BUNDLE UP! A dangerous wind chill is in the forecast. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

 

With a dangerous cold air mass bearing down on the northeast, Morristown’s Seniors Center will serve as a warming station through Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, Mayor Tim Dougherty’s office announced on Monday.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory, effective from 1 am on Tuesday through 6 am Wednesday.

Wind chills of 15- to 20 degrees below zero are possible as Monday’s balmy temperatures  nosedive overnight. Prolonged exposure can lead to hypothermia and frostbite, according to the weather service, which advises staying indoors.

The town warming station is on the third floor of town hall, at 200 South St. Hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Anyone who must venture outside should dress in layers, cautions the Mayor’s office.  That includes your legs. Don’t leave any skin exposed. Wear hats, gloves and insulated boots or shoes.

Anyone whose residence loses heat or electricity, or who needs other weather-related assistance, is asked to call the town  Office of Emergency management at 973-390-1575.

 



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