The city of Killeen announced on Saturday afternoon the Killeen Community Center will open as a warming center beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Killeen spokeswoman Hilary Shine issued the news release. The Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd., will be open 24 hours a day to those seeking temporary relief from temperatures expected to dip into the 20s and will remain open while freezing temperatures persist.
This is the first time the city of Killeen will provide a warming center since discontinuing the practice in late 2015, when the Families in Crisis shelter opened.
Conditions for New Year’s Eve celebrations will be cold, but the likelihood of icy roads has decreased, according to the National Weather Service.
The prediction of freezing precipitation was revised, and it could just be a drizzle, said Patricia Sanchez, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in the Dallas-Fort Worth office. That is because the temperature will dip below freezing during the day Sunday, when conditions are dry. “There might be a slight chance of isolated freezing precipitation in northern parts of the area.”
Temperatures will begin to fall from a high near 40 during the afternoon, Sanchez said. Gusty winds will make conditions feel colder, and that will continue overnight, with a predicted low of 22 degrees.
For New Year’s Day, the high will reach just 30 degrees, again with gusty winds. Monday night the low will be near 20.
Tuesday, some sun will peek through the clouds, though the high temperature will be in the low 30s.
“The cold temperatures are coming behind the front,” Sanchez said. “We won’t be back above freezing until Wednesday.”
Pets and plants should be brought indoors as the temperatures drop. Taps can be turned on to keep water flowing through pipes to prevent freezing.
The Jesus Hope & Love Mission, 818 N. Fourth St., Killeen, will be serving lunch beginning at 11 a.m. on New Year’s Day, according to Steve Chae, mission director. Those needing a bit of warmth can enjoy a meal and remain indoors until about 2 p.m.
The Salvation Army Center of Hope, 419 W. Avenue G, Temple, will also open as a warming station on a first-come basis when the temperature drops to 32 degrees, or 35 degrees if it’s raining.