Winter shelter open around the clock during Colorado Springs cold snap

February 4, 2014 Updated: February 4, 2014 at 1:15 pm

The Springs Rescue Mission plans to keep its winter shelter open during daylight hours this week amid a brutal cold snap.

The nonprofit will keep the shelter open around the clock through at least 5 p.m. Friday, Springs Rescue Mission officials announced Tuesday.

The facility at 25 W. Las Vegas St. opened Nov. 1 as an expanded winter shelter and is open every night from Nov. 1 through April 15. In past winters, the city's cold-weather emergency shelters opened only when low temperatures dipped below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, or freezing.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory through 11 p.m. Tuesday.

The city is forecast to reach a high of 20 degrees Tuesday, followed by high temperatures of 6 degrees Wednesday, 13 degrees on Thursday and 23 degrees on Friday. Low temperatures in Colorado Springs are expected to drop below zero Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

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