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Southeastern Wisconsin prepares for more snow, near-record cold temperatures

Posted: 11:34 PM, Nov 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-11 00:37:02-05

MILWAUKEE — Southeastern Wisconsin is in for another round of snow and near-record cold temperatures overnight. Residents have been preparing throughout the day.

Those with a long commute have been dealing with some anxiety this weekend when considering Monday's trek to work. Motorists near the Wisconsin/Illinois border could see an especially snowy commute.

"I'm over it already," said Mike Campise. "The freeway here is pretty crazy. I don't know if you guys have to drive this, but it's been dicey the last several months," he said.

After the snow concludes, meteorologists are expecting the temperatures to plunge.

Pastor James West is getting his emergency warming shelter ready. West runs 'Repairers of the Breach,' a day local warming and resource center for adults experiencing homelessness, located near the intersection of 14th and Vliet. It's one of several warming shelters across the city .

"Whenever the temperature drops to 20 degrees or below, then we open our emergency warming room at 7pm, and we go around the clock," West said.

Otherwise, the warming shelter is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, providing breakfast and lunch. His emergency overnight shelter can hold about 60 people.

"We have resources such as hats, gloves. A lot of times they come here unprepared for the cold weather, so we hand out hand warmers," West said.

He said that the winter is an especially tough time, but it can also be a transformative moment for those experiencing homelessness.

"It brings people in and it gets people thinking about their next step," West said.

If you're looking for ways to support homelessness, click here for more information on Repairers of the Breach .