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Ashland cold weather shelter in new location

The city of Ashland has extended its cold weather shelter and changed the location in the face of this weekend’s winter storm.

Ashland City Manager Joe Lessard authorized the extension of the shelter Wednesday evening to the morning of Dec. 5, but the shelter will be offered at two locations with slightly differing times, according to a release sent by the city of Ashland.

From Wednesday, Nov. 30, to Friday, Dec. 2, the shelter will be at the Presbyterian Church, 1615 Clark Ave., from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Over the weekend, the shelter will be in the Gresham room of the Ashland Public Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m.

The city’s release described the shelter as “no-frills” and asks any seeking shelter to provide their own bedding, but well-behaved pets will be allowed at the shelter at the church. Only service animals will be allowed at the library.

Ashland’s cold weather shelter has been at Pioneer Hall, but the building was rated by engineers to potentially collapse under the weight of snow. A winter storm forecast for this week includes snow Wednesday night and Thursday morning with freezing conditions through the weekend.

The city manager of Ashland is authorized to call for an emergency cold weather shelter when temperatures drop below 32 degrees through a resolution from Ashland’s City Council. Lessard last authorized an emergency weather shelter Monday, Nov. 28, which originally was due to close Dec 1.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Morgan Rothborne at mrothborne@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4487. Follow her on Twitter @MRothborne.