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Arctic Cold Prompts D.C. To Mobilize Resources For Homeless

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Heavy wet snow settles on a skylight obscuring the outline of the Capitol Dome in Washington, Wednesday, March 6, 2013.
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Heavy wet snow settles on a skylight obscuring the outline of the Capitol Dome in Washington, Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

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  • To help someone in need of shelter, you can call the hypothermia hotline at 1-800-535-7252 or just dial 3-1-1.

The Mid-Atlantic region is digging out and bundling up after a storm that dumped inches of snow gives way to dangerously cold temperatures. The District is turning a handful of recreation centers into overflow homeless shelters to protect residents from the cold.

The Departments of Parks and Recreation says it has suspended operations at four rec centers in Northwest D.C. so that the facilities can be used as 24-hour warming shelters for the homeless.

The facilities are: Kennedy Rec Center on 7th Street, The Emery and Banneker Centers on Georgia Avenue and the Columbia Heights Community Center on Girard Street.

Meanwhile Mayor Gray says the city's snow team is still out there working. Gray says 50 trucks have been deployed to continue salting the streets and responding to 311 requests.

Many schools systems in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware and northern Virginia were closed Wednesday. Some are already announcing delays for Thursday. Partner station NBCWashington is maintaining an updated list on their website.

Unofficial snowfall totals from the National Weather Service ranged from 3.5 inches in Washington and 4.1 inches at Baltimore-Washington International Airport to 7 inches in Frostburg in western Maryland and 10.5 inches at the Wilmington Airport in Delaware.

With temperatures still freezing, DC is turning a handful of recreation centers into overflow homeless shelters.

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