Ashland volunteers have decided to keep an emergency shelter open tonight and Sunday night, as arctic air hovers over the city.

Ashland volunteers have decided to keep an emergency shelter open tonight and Sunday night, as arctic air hovers over the city.

A group of churches and the Community Emergency Response Team opened the cold-weather shelter Friday night when the season's first snow storm hit, bringing frigid temperatures and as much as a foot of powder in mountain areas.

Anyone who needs a warm place to sleep can check into the "no frills" shelter, at First Presbyterian Church, on the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Walker Avenue, beginning at 8 p.m., organizers said.

Shelter doors are locked at 9 p.m., after which people may leave, but not return the same night. The shelter closes during the day, so people must pack up by 7:30 a.m.

Those planning to sleep at the church should bring their own bedding if they can. A limited number of sleeping bags are available to use. Shelter volunteers will lock up people's personal valuables overnight and people will sleep on the floor in a large multipurpose room.

The shelter may open for additional nights, depending on weather conditions, organizers said. Ashlanders can call 552-2378, the CERT hotline, to check if the shelter will be open. Notices will also be placed at a few locations in town such as Shop 'n Kart and Evo's Coffee Lounge.

Staff writer Hannah Guzik can be reached at 482-3456 ext. 226 or hguzik@dailytidings.com.