Code Purple Issued
Updated: Friday, December 21 2012, 09:50 PM EST
The first day of winter in the mountains has been marked by frigid temperatures and high winds. Shelters in the county have opened their doors to assist those in need during the cold nights to come.
Local homeless shelters are preparing to handle more people as the temperatures continue to drop Friday night. Western North Carolina Rescue Ministries is operating under a Code Purple.
Cold purple allows the shelter to go into extra overflow space. They plan on helping out nearly 200 people Friday night. Officials say they will fill up all of their beds. Some folks will have to sleep on mats and blankets. In addition to giving folks a warm place to stay and sleep, Western Carolina Ministries will also give them a warm meal. Tonight is their annual christmas dinner.
Code Purple will stay in place until the weather starts to warm up. Western Ministries say that could be sometime next week.
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