City offices are closed Thursday, Dec. 22 due to winter weather in the area, officials announced.
Essential workers will still report to work, and some city personnel will continue to work remotely.
A winter weather advisory is in effect until noon on Friday, Dec. 23, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters expect 1-2 inches of snow Thursday, with temperatures reaching as low as -3 F overnight and windchills near -20 F.
The city, in collaboration with several local organizations, will provide cold-weather shelters this weekend.
7hills Homeless Center, Genesis Church, New Beginning Bridge Housing Community, and NWA Continuum of Care are working to provide shelter to anyone needing it when temperatures dip below 15 F.
From the announcement:
When the temperatures reach a wind chill or “feels-like” temperature of 15 degrees or less, this team springs into action to save lives. During the evening, once the emergency shelter at Salvation Army reaches capacity, Genesis Church will open its doors to operate an emergency overflow shelter. Guests staying there will have cots, blankets, pillows, and a storage bin. People are allowed to check in at 6PM and enjoy a warm dinner provided by Genesis Church. Staffing for the overnight shelter is provided by New Beginnings and Micah 6:8 Ministries.
7 Hills Homeless Center will also open early each day at 6 a.m. to provide warming center, coffee, breakfast and lunch, winter clothing, and bathrooms. 7 Hills will also extend their open hours until 6 p.m., to remain open until Genesis Church opens their facility.
“None of us working together on this can fathom losing someone because they froze to death. We are honored to work together to provide a safe place for all of our neighbors,” said Mike Williams, CEO at 7hills Homeless Center.
Those who would like to contribute to the fund that assists these organizations in their work this weekend can do so here.