Bay Area Prepares to Keep Warm During Cold Snap

By Jean Elle
|  Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013  |  Updated 5:10 PM PDT
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First effects of the major winter blast will be felt Tuesday as winds begin to gust and temperatures begin to fall. Jean Elle reports.

First effects of the major winter blast will be felt Tuesday as winds begin to gust and temperatures begin to fall. Jean Elle reports.

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Ed Faine is battling the cold snap hitting the Bay Area this week by wearing four layers to keep warm while working an outdoor flower stand in San Francisco.

He's also relying on other methods, such as double socks, to prevent the chills and deal with temperatures expected to significantly drop in the coming days.

"Well finally this year we have a heater," he said. After that it's a lot of jumping around."

First effects of the major winter blast will be felt Tuesday as winds begin to gust and temperatures begin to fall. By Wednesday morning, parts of the Bay Area go under a freeze watch.

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Homeless shelters are also opening throughout the Bay Area as the cold snap settles in.

In San Francisco, the mayor's HOPE office is trying to get as many people off the street and into a shelter as possible.

Bevan Dufty of the mayor's HOPE office said when temperatures drop to 40 degrees no one should be turned away.

"If we are full then we are prepared to open a church or recreation center and get people inside when it’s extremely cold," Duffy said.

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Archie Williams said he does not plan to go to a shelter. The 38-year-old instead said he'll try to get a few more sleeping bags and stay on the street. He said it's hard to sleep when it's cold.

"Can’t go to sleep because it’s so cold," Williams said. "You wake up and think you slept but it’s only been five minutes."

Police will be looking for signs of hypothermia, offering emergency help when it's needed. Officials also warn to keep an eye on pets, plants and pipes during the cold weather.

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