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Tucsonans prepare for near record low temperatures

Alexis Fernandez

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Tucsonans prepare for near record low temperatures

CREATED Jan. 12, 2013

Reporter: Alexis Fernandez

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - With near record temperature underway, Tucsonans are bracing for the freeze.

"It's really a shock because it was really supposed to get warmer during the week and then it just hit -- and it's out of the ordinary," said Sasha Sredzinski, a Tucson resident.

At homeless shelters like the Gospel Rescue Mission, Operation Deep Freeze is in full effect, accepting anyone who walks through their doors when it's 35 degrees or colder.

Louis Bonds, a volunteer says they are running out of room.

"Just trying to have space, space is key and then you get a crowd of people coming in here got to compensate for them," he said.

The shelter is at capacity with more than 150 people coming in from off the street to escape the chill.

In downtown Tucson, it was a completely different story -- hundreds braved the cold for the 2nd Saturdays event.

"This is a little iffy, going to be so cold a lot of people are freaked by what has been predicted, a little chilly," said David Zinkie, one of the vendors at 2nd Saturdays.

Organizers of the event also held a blanket drive to help shelters across the community.

"A lot of shelter that don't have them, a lot of places where children are that don't have them, and anything that we can do -- just thought blankets would be the best thing," said Sandy Mellor, with the 2nd Saturdays event.