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Crossroads prepares to brace for colder temperatures

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
Dec. 6, 2013 at 6:06 a.m.

A freeze warning and wind chill advisory have shoppers stocking up on items in preparation for the cold temperatures.

"We've sold a lot of firewood," said Michael Greenly, unit director at H-E-B, 1505 East Rio Grande St.

"On the grocery side, we've seen a lot of sales in the fixings to make stew."

A freeze warning is in effect starting Friday night into Saturday morning.

Saturday's high is expected to be 37 with a 50 percent chance of freezing rain before 9 a.m.

Saturday's low is expected to be near or below freezing.

There is the potential for the light rain or drizzle to freeze, mainly over bridges, overpasses or exposed objects. If rain does freeze on isolated, elevated bridges and overpasses, it could make them slick and dangerous, according to the National Weather Service.

But there is also reason for optimism.

Since the rainfall will be more intermittent than continuous and may not occur when the coldest temperatures are occurring, no significant accumulations are expected, and these conditions are not expected over a widespread area, according to the weather service.

Add in a wind chill advisory of 20 to 25 degrees, and Saturday could be dangerously cold.

In Victoria, the Salvation Army is making arrangements to assist those affected by the cold.

"The shelter overflow room will have transient lodging available for homeless as the temperatures stay below freezing," said Salvation Army Capt. Laura Martin.

On Saturday, the Salvation Army center, 1302 N. Louis St., will open as a warming station from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kim Pickens, president of the Victoria Area Homeless Coalition, said she is working with local churches and businesses, trying to secure additional spaces for those who can't fit in the overflow at the Salvation Army.

In anticipation of the inclement weather, Wal-Mart made sure its stores were stocked with items that are needed during weather emergencies.

"We started looking at this earlier in the week when the weather reports had the cold coming this way," said Dianna Gee, company spokeswoman. "We try to get ahead of the game as much as possible.

"We're able to tap into high demand sales items that we expect people to stock up on if they are hunkered down at home."

Gee said those items include milk, bread and snacks.

"We sell a lot of food that doesn't need to be heated, things you can eat out of the can or package in case there's a power outage."

Gee said in some of the areas expected to be hit harder, sales of ice scrapers, windshield wipers, batteries and flashlights go up.

"And of course, we sell a lot of warm weather clothes."

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