A Code Blue alert, intended to assist municipalities in protecting vulnerable citizens during cold weather, is in effect for Atlantic, Cumberland and Ocean counties.
In Atlantic County, a Code Blue will be in effect from 6 p.m. Thursday through Friday, said Linda Gilmore, public information officer for the county. For a list of warming shelters in Atlantic County, visit readyatlantic.org.
In Cumberland County, the Code Blue will be active Thursday night. Shelters are located in Bridgeton at St. Andrew’s Church, 186 E. Commerce St.; Millville at Trinity United Methodist Church, Ben Corson Hall, 100 S. Second St.; and Vineland at City of Refuge Church, 737 W. Walnut Road.
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In Ocean County, the Office of Emergency Management issued an alert through 8 a.m. Friday. Hours vary depending on location. Warming centers are located in Toms River and Lakewood.
A Code Blue is required within 24 to 48 hours of one of the following, based on National Weather Service forecasts: temperatures 25 degrees or lower without precipitation, 32 degrees or lower with precipitation or wind chills at or below 0 for a period of two or more hours.
Thursday night will bring the likelihood of snow for those south of Route 40, with the potential for it north of there. Low temperatures will be in the upper 20s to low 30s by Friday morning.