Freezing rain could affect Asheville overnight, though the National Weather Service is calling for less than 1/4” of it. Forecasters have issued a Winter Weather Advisory accompanied by high winds for a 24-hour period starting at midnight Wednesday.
This will be followed by heavy rain Wednesday night into Thursday morning, when there is also a 40% chance of snow showers.
Code Purple issued
With an overnight low of 28 degrees forecast, the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition has called for a Code Purple for tonight.
The purpose of the CODE PURPLE procedure is to provide a coordinated effort among Asheville and Buncombe County, North Carolina shelters and other organizations to provide emergency overflow shelter to people experiencing homelessness in the event of severe weather conditions.
In extremely cold conditions, the CODE PURPLE sites will provide shelter beyond their normal program capacity. Persons experiencing homelessness will have the opportunity to come inside and warm up during the day, even if a shelter would typically be closed. Extra floor, cot, and bed space will be available at overnight shelters to ensure that no one has to stay outside. Shelters are encouraging emergency workers and police to urge people outside at night to come inside.
Children ages 0-6 with a sibling up to age 10 can be placed in an Angels Watch home free of charge. Referrals from shelters or parents can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling placement coordinator George Gillette at 828-775-4343 for immediate child placement.
For additional information, contact Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition Co-Chairs Tracey Childers at 828-275-7008 or Katie Beth Caswell at 828-398-6627.