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As A Cold Snap Hits N.H., Winter Shelters Open And A Ski Resort Closes

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Granite Staters are bundling up even more than usual as New Hampshire experiences the bitter cold snap that's hit North America.


Strafford County has opened an emergency shelter in Dover at 276 County Farm Road.


Rad Nichols is Executive Director of the local public transit service, COAST.  He says providing a warm place to sleep was one thing -- it was also important to find a way to get people there, if they couldn't pay for bus service.


"So that's why were offering free rides on the route that goes out to the shelter," Nichols says. COAST will also add an evening shuttle to the shelter, leaving at 8pm from the Dover Train Station.


In Concord, where temperatures plummeted to -28 with wind chill, a shelter that opened in December was filled almost to capacity Wednesday night.


Ellen Groh is with the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, which runs the facility.


"This shelter, it is wall-to-wall bunk beds,” she says. “There is really, literally, no other space."


Groh says she’s happy to report no one looking for a place for the night has been turned away yet though.


Parts of the state are too glacial even for winter sports. Wildcat Mountain Ski Resort north of Jackson was closed Thursday due to cold and high winds. The Resort’s website says it will reopen Friday.


After another single digit start to the day on Friday, temperatures are expected to normalize closer to 30 degrees for the weekend.

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