Amid Record-Breaking Cold, Warming Centers Open Across Proviso Township

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

With the Chicago metro area in the grips of what could be the region’s longest severe cold stretch, local authorities are taking precautions.

State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (7th) announced on Jan. 3 that he would be opening his district office as a heating location.

The office, at  10055 W. Roosevelt Rd., Suite E, in Westchester, will be open to anyone who may need to warm up, including commuters passing through, he said.

Residents in need of warmth may also go to other locations in Proviso Township listed as official warming centers by state and county authorities:

  • Department of Human Services | 2701 West Lake St., Melrose Park | (708) 338-7600  | Mon. – Fri.: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Proviso Township Office | 4565 Harrison St., Hillside | (708) 449-4300 / (708) 344-2124 | Mon. – Fri.: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Neither of these warming centers provide transportation.

According to the National Weather Service, the week from “Christmas to New Year’s Eve was the second coldest Dec 25-31 on record for Chicago.”

In addition, the Weather Service stated:

  • “We are in the midst of a long stretch of days with temperatures remaining below 20°.  If this continues in Chicago through Saturday, January 6, it will mark 12 consecutive days of below 20°, tying a record of such a stretch for the city (only seen twice before in the winters of 1936 and 1895).
  • “Below 0° lows have been frequent since Christmas. The normal number of days below 0° for Chicago is 7.”

The National Weather Service advises that people take precautions, as outlined in the following chart: VFP 

Weather service

 

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