Cold weather has homeless people seeking shelter in Modesto area

local@modbee.comDecember 3, 2013 

— As a cold air mass moved into the region Tuesday, homeless residents sought warmth in shelters and residents took steps to protect plants, pipes and pets.

The National Weather Service is predicting “hard freeze” conditions, with temperatures well below freezing tonight through Friday morning. The NWS warns that “cold temperatures could kill crops and sensitive vegetation, harm pets and livestock, and could cause pipes to burst.”

Lows in the mid-20s are expected tonight and Thursday night, and widespread frost is expected from 4 to 10 a.m. Thursday.

The NWS advises that pets and potted plants be moved inside, frost-sensitive plants be covered, and outdoor pipes be wrapped and faucets be allowed to drip to avoid freezing.

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