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Area shelters prepared for winter weather

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Amarillo, Texas - Those who have no shelter from the approaching winter storm can find it in Amarillo.

Cold winter nights usually bring people into area shelters. But with the snow fall expect to start, shelters are expecting their beds to be full.

Once the wind chill hits 38 degrees Faith City Ministries opens their doors to anyone who walks in. Over night temperatures will reach down into the teens and snow is expected to begin to fall early in the morning.

"Last night we had over 200 people. So we will be prepared for at least that and maybe even more," Mary Sue Baab, Salvation Army Community Relations Director says.

The Salvation Army has just over 250 beds available for those in need. But they do have additional space.

"At this point in time, we're just planning for anybody to be able to have a place to stay. When we run out of beds we have cots. We can put the cots out, we've got lots of open spaces and we'll just continue running and keep open and bring people in," Baab says.

Baab says she does expect the snow to bring in more people.

"Most likely we'll have... We'll be full. We'll probably be full," Baab says.

Although it is Christmas Eve, staff at both The Salvation Army and Faith City say they will be prepared to help those in need.

"As far as needing volunteers due to weather, no. We've got our shelter personnel who are trained for that, and they'll be ready to go," Baab says.

The Salvation Army says they are still prepared to serve their Christmas dinner starting at noon.