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SoCal Braces for Another Cold Night

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

LOS ANGELES —  Near-record lows were expected overnight in Southern California, where homeless shelters opened lounges to handle anticipated overflow after temperatures plunged to record levels the night before.

Near-record lows were expected as calm winds and clear skies brought more frost or freezing conditions through early Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.

The Los Angeles Mission expected to fill its 460 beds Tuesday night with homeless people vacating the hundreds of tents pitched on sidewalks around downtown's Skid Row.

The mission also planned to open its lobby overnight for the first time, allowing people to use restrooms, watch television or rest on benches through the night.

"We won't have beds in the lobby, but it's better to be in a warm room than be in the cold," mission President Herb Smith said.

The temperature early Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport was 39 degrees, tying the 1924 mark. In the high desert north of Los Angeles, the city of Lancaster shivered at 16 degrees, 2 degrees below the record low set in 1965.

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