Church to open warming station as temps drop again tonight
by Eddie Burkhalter
eburkhalter@annistonstar.com
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With temperatures expected to plunge into the teens again overnight, one Anniston church says it will open a warming station this evening.

Pastor Brad Williams of Greenbrier Road Baptist Church at 1235 Greenbrier Dear Road said those who need to get out of the cold tonight can do so at the church from 7 p.m. tonight until 7 a.m. Friday morning. The church will provide cots, blankets and food, he said.

The forecast low temperature for Anniston overnight is 13 degrees, according to Aaron Gleason, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Calera. Gleason said the high temperature for Friday would be about 32 degrees. He said the weather service had issued a hard freeze warning for the area, and cautioned residents to insulate exposed water pipes, bring animals and sensitive plants indoors and check on people who don’t have access to reliable heat sources, such as elderly neighbors.

“We just don’t get down that low very often,” Gleason said.

Temperatures are not expected to drop as low as was seen during a cold snap earlier this month, however, and there are no current plans to open other warming stations in the area, said Joseph Jankowski, who leads the Calhoun-Cleburne Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The local Red Cross chapter helped several local cities open warming stations earlier this month, but Jankoski said the organization had received no requests for help this week.

“But we’re monitoring the situation, and as necessary we’ll respond,” Jankoski said.

Gleason said temperatures would warm for the weekend, with highs near 50 degrees. Another cold snap is expected next week, however, he said.

Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.
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