IOWA CITY — Shelter House staff plan to open up its low-barrier winter emergency shelter this weekend, thanks to the National Weather Service predicting wet heavy snow and 30 to 35 mph wind gusts.
The shelter, located in a building at 821 S. Clinton St., will provide a warm space at night to those who may have issues like substance abuse that would prohibit them from staying in the main shelter. The building will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
The shelter was only planned to be open from early December through early to mid March. However, the lease for the building, approved by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors last year, extends through March 31.
The National Weather Service placed Johnson County under a winter storm watch and is expected to start Friday night as rain and transition to a rain/snow mix and then moderate to heavy snow through Saturday afternoon. In all, residents should prepare for the possibility of two to six inches of snow, along with a light layer of ice.
“Snowfall rates may peak around one inch per hour leading to significant reductions in visibility and very difficult travel conditions,” according to the watch.
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