HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — With sub-freezing weather expected across North Alabama, warming centers are opening for those who need a place to get out of the cold.
With temperatures expected to drop significantly late this week, the City of Huntsville is supporting local partners in opening warming centers for the community.
The National Weather Service predicts bitterly cold temperatures Friday, Dec. 23, with a 30% chance of snow showers early that morning and a high near 18 degrees. The forecast remains chilly through the holiday weekend, with highs in the 20s on Dec. 24-25.
Accordingly, the City is working with the Salvation Army and Downtown Rescue Mission to open warming centers at the following locations:
- Downtown Rescue Mission, 1400 Evangel Drive NW, downtownrescuemission.org, 256-536-2441
- Salvation Army, 305 Seminole Drive SW, salvationarmyalm.org/huntsville, 256-536-9147
Weather permitting, Huntsville Police will be available to transport individuals to the warming centers. To request a ride, please call HPD’s non-emergency phone number, 256-722-7100.
Huntsville Transit will also provide free rides to and from the warming centers. Transit will operate 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Dec. 22-23, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 24. The department is closed Sunday. Learn more about the City’s Transit offerings by visiting our website.
Athens Limestone Ministerial Alliance (ALMA) has reserved hotel rooms for the homeless who want a place to go during the frigid temps.
Hands Across Decatur will open an emergency overnight shelter from Thursday, Dec. 22 at 4:00 p.m. through at least Christmas day at 1027 5th Avenue SE in Decatur.
If the life threatening weather arrives sooner or stays later, times may be adjusted.
Volunteers are needed to helping during this time.
Moulton's two community storm shelters will be open as warning centers.
Moulton Community Shelter
14201 Court Street Moulton
There will be several warming centers open across Marshall County. Check the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Facebook Page for more information.
Colbert County Warming Stations
Open at NOON on THURSDAY 12/22/22, through NOON on MONDAY 12/26/22
Address to stations:
Ford City: 14439 County line road, Muscle Shoals Al, 35661
Leighton: 8856 Main Street, Leighton Al, 35646
Littleville: 1450 Jackson Hwy Russellville Al, 35654
Cherokee: 1211 2nd Street, Cherokee Al, 35616
Sheffield Rec Center: 2901 NE 19th Av, Sheffield, AL 35660
Each of these locations will be opened as a “warming station” only and not for long-term sheltering. Restrooms will be available, but no further accommodations.
More information can be found at https://colbertcounty.org/
Room in the Inn Shoals is open each night through Christmas night. If you will need shelter this weekend during the extreme low temperatures, more information can be found on their website.
Life Resource Services in Scottsboro will be daily this week from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 304 South Andrews St. in Scottsboro.
In preparation for the upcoming cold weather, Marked For Life Ministries has partnered up with The City of Fort Payne and the DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency to provide a warming station for those in need of warmth.
The emergency warming station will be available beginning Friday afternoon and will offer food and warmth to anyone who needs it.