Codeblue

Homeless people stay overnight at a warming center operated by the Cumberland County Code Blue Coalition at Bethany Grace Community Church in Bridgeton.

A Code Blue alert, intended to assist municipalities in protecting vulnerable citizens during cold weather, is in effect for all of The Press of Atlantic City’s coverage region.

A cold shot of air has successfully made its way into South Jersey. Temperatures hovered between 30 and 35 degrees Thursday, with a wind chill that makes it feel like the 20s.

Cape May County’s Code Blue, announced Thursday morning, will be in effect through Monday. Those seeking shelter should contact their local municipality. Additional resources are available by calling the county homeless hotline at 877-886-1325 or 609-886-1325.

In Atlantic County, a Code Blue will be in effect through Monday, said Linda Gilmore, public information officer for the county. For a list of warming shelters in Atlantic County, visit readyatlantic.org.

In Ocean County, the Office of Emergency Management issued an alert through 8 a.m. Monday.

In Cumberland County, the Code Blue will be active through Saturday evening. Warming centers will be opened from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., according to the county Code Blue Coalition.

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.

Low temperatures will be below 25 degrees Friday night. Daytime highs will be in the mid 30s. Saturday afternoon into Sunday will not see temperatures below 25 degrees. However, our weekend snow system will pass, with temperatures below 32 degrees. Low temperatures will then fall below 25 degrees through Tuesday.

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This is my first newspaper but not my first forecast for NJ. I graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology from Rutgers. Two TV internships gave me a taste for the newsroom. Then, after nearly 4 years in private NJ weather, I'm forecasting South Jersey for you.

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