Cold Blasting the South

Homeless shelters from West Virginia to South Carolina are bracing for an influx of people seeking refuge from a bitter onslaught of Arctic air.

David Sneade, director of a men's shelter in Charleston, West Virginia has converted a dining room into a makeshift sleeping area. Alex Alston, the director of another Charleston shelter, is stocking up on extra mats and cots.

Wind chill advisories are in effect for Thursday night across West Virginia, with temperatures expected to drop to five degrees in many areas. Some areas could see below-zero temperatures.

Louisville, Kentukcy, is expecting some of the coldest temperatures in four years, with Friday's lows expected near three degrees.

In Greenville, South Carolina, Pamela Garcia of the Salvation Army is appealing for space heaters, especially for elderly folks without sufficient home insulation. That's a common problem in the South. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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