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Salvation Army to hand out coats, gloves

January 26, 2019

Ahead of weather this week that should have temperatures near 0 degrees, the Salvation Army Somerset Service Center is preparing to offer winter-weather clothing.

The center is set to give out coats, hats, gloves and scarves from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at its West Main Street, Somerset, location.

Director Tracy Rhodes said that any Somerset County resident with a photo ID will be eligible for the free items.

Rhodes said that the plan was to give the items away next month, but news of subzero temperatures starting Wednesday took precedent.

She said the center has about 50 coats, 250 pairs of gloves and 200 each of hats and scarves.

“This is the first time we’ve ever done this, so we are kind of expecting a big turnout,” she said.

There is no income verification required to receive the warm clothing.

“Definitely don’t be ashamed to ask for help,” Rhodes said.

“We want to make sure everybody is safe and warm.”

AccuWeather meteorologist Dave Samuhel said that starting Wednesday temperatures are going to feel similar to 2014 when a “polar vortex” hit the U.S.

Samuhel said that the high Wednesday is projected at 5 degrees and Thursday may not even hit 0. Wind on Wednesday could make those temperatures feel like negative 30 to negative 40 degrees, but should start dying down Thursday, he said.

“There might be a bit of light snow during that time,” he said. “But it just looks like it’s going to be cold and dry.”

Lots of broken pipes, he said, should be expected. He said that exposed skin will freeze within minutes and that it will be dangerous for outside pets.

He didn’t have an exact date when temperatures will start to rise, but, he said, next weekend could see a “gradual” warmup.

“It’s going to take awhile to recover from this pattern,” he said.

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