D.C. officials are opening a public library and various recreation centers for use as warming centers and shelters for the homeless tonight, when temperatures are expected to dip into the single digits.
The West End Library and Sherwood Recreation Center on Capitol Hill will open at 7 p.m. for use as warming centers, and will remain open until 7 a.m. on Tuesday.
During a late February storm, D.C. officials used Metrobuses to offer homeless residents a break from the cold, but decided to transition to the pair of facilities to accommodate more people.
Three recreation shelters will serve as alert night shelters, which are opened any time a hypothermia alert is declared, and four other centers will serve as overflow shelters.
Emergency Warming Shelters in D.C.