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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Shelby County agencies are preparing for the next few days as critically low temperatures invade the Mid-South, and they want all residents to be ready.

Memphis Light, Gas, and Water will not be cutting off utilities for non-payment and will likely extend that policy as the temperatures are forecasted to dip way below freezing early next week. Lows of 8 and 9 above zero are forecast for overnight Monday and overnight Tuesday.

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The city of Memphis is implementing its cold weather policy to help the homeless. Shelters will be provided with extra beds and coats, hats, and gloves will be handed out.

The Shelby County Office of Preparedness met Friday to strategize for the weekend. They will have the roads ready as rain forecasted early Sunday will turn to snow. A winter storm watch will be in effect north of the county late Saturday night for Dyer and Gibson counties.

Shelby County Office of Preparedness Director Bob Nations said the sub-freezing temperatures are a real safety hazard.

"Our message is one of partnering to mobilize our whole Shelby County community so that we can begin checking these individuals that might be more vulnerable to the extreme temperatures," Nations said.

He also warns against using generators indoors or using your oven for a heating source.

As a reminder, please check on relatives and bring your pets indoors.

 

 

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