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Communities prepare for cold weather and black ice

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ALBANY, N.Y. – Plummeting temperatures had warming shelters opening up in the area, and people rushing home to avoid the cold.

Leslie Rovenburg hustled home after picking up her grandson from daycare.

"We're trying to get home, but it's hard," she said.

She hoped to make it home before sunset, but the cold and ice have turned her walk into a dreadful journey.  She said she's worried.

"My safety. And he fell two times. I'm like 'Oh my God'," she continued. "I'm just praying so we can make it home."

Communities around the area went into action Monday to help combat the cold.

The city of Cohoes opened its community center in case anyone needed a warm place to go.

Mayor George Primeau said, "We just wanted a place that people could go in the event that they had a problem with their home."

The drastic change in temperature Monday had Primeau worried it would catch people off guard.

"I'm concerned about tonight," he said. "We had a warm day today, but we're going to have some severe icy conditions tonight."

The roads became icy after melted snow froze as temperatures dropped.

"Hoping people don't have to travel on the road if they don't need to," Primeau said.

The Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany also saw a large number of people entering its doors seeking shelter from the cold.

Executive Director Perry Jones said, "I'm glad they're coming in tonight. I'm never tired of seeing homeless people coming."

Beds with blankets and pillows were ready for people who needed them, and Reverend Jones said all of the items would be used throughout Monday night.

"Yeah, we're full tonight," he said. "We'll be packed. It's just trying to get in all the code blues, ‘cause we've had up to 20 code blues tonight."

Jones also had bags filled with coats, hats and gloves ready to hand out.

Jones said the Mission continues to need the winter weather gear as temperatures drop. New or gently used clothing items can be dropped off at the Mission in Albany. 

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