New Jersey cities issue ‘Code Blues,’ open shelters due to freezing temperatures

Temperatures across New Jersey dropped below freezing on Friday night. Strong winds made conditions feel even colder.

News 12 Staff

Feb 4, 2023, 3:19 AM

Updated 528 days ago

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Temperatures across New Jersey dropped below freezing on Friday night. Strong winds made conditions feel even colder.
As the temperatures dropped, many cities around the state issued Cold Blues. Some residents braved the cold weather rushing into their homes, while others, like Angel, stopped by one of Paterson’s shelters.
“There is nowhere else to go, so if you stay outside, you’ll probably die,” Angel says.
Some of New Jersey’s shelters will remain open until Monday due to the frigid weather.
Another person who came to the shelter tells News 12 that he was driving around and sleeping in his car for several days “because it is cold.”
The cold weather is even more dangerous because of the strong winds which have already caused some damage around the state. A tree fell on Amy Baez’s car.
“I was shocked. I knew the wind was strong, but I didn’t know it was going to knock down the tree,” she says.
No one was hurt.
Anyone who needs to find shelter because of the cold can call 211 to find the nearest location.


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