Warming centers open across North Georgia as ‘dangerously’ cold weather approaches

Atlanta to open warming center ahead of freezing weather


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Metro Atlanta will likely experience the coldest weather in eight years over the next few days.

Severe Weather Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Brad Nitz forecasts temperatures on Saturday morning to be the coldest since January 2015.

In response, some counties are opening warming stations.

DeKalb County will have four warming stations available through Thursday, Dec. 22, beginning at 8 p.m.

  • Fire Station 3, 100 N. Clarendon Avenue, Avondale Estates, GA 30002
  • Fire Station 4, 4540 Flakes Mill Road, Ellenwood, GA 30294
  • Fire Station 6, 2342 Flat Shoals Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
  • North DeKalb Senior Center, 3393 Malone Drive, Chamblee, GA 30341

Anyone staying in those warming centers must follow the county’s COVID-19 protocols including wearing a mask, social distancing and undergoing a temperature check.

In addition to the warming centers made available by DeKalb County, one will be available from Thursday, Dec. 22 through Sunday, Dec. 25, with more dates likely to come.

“A Home for Everyone in DeKalb” will be able to house a maximum of 23 people. If you know of families who would like this service, email or text 904-825-8035.

Individuals must meet at Sycamore House, across from the Decatur Library by 7 p.m.

Families may come directly to Decatur First United Methodist Church, 300 E Ponce De Leon Avenue in Decatur between 6:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. The entrance is the gym door at the back of the church next to the dumpsters.

The city of East Point has a warming center available at the City Annex, 3121 Norman Berry Drive from Wednesday, Dec. 21 through Sunday, Dec. 25 between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.

East Point residents can call 404-761-2177 for transportation assistance.

The facility can house up to 80 people. Face masks are required. Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided to those in need.


Gwinnett County will have five warming centers available on Thursday, Dec. 22 from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.

  • Buford, Buford Senior Center, 2755 Sawnee Avenue, Bus route 101 I-985, stop 19
  • Duluth, Shorty Howell Park Activity Building, 2750 Pleasant Hill Road, Bus route 10B, stop 542 and 108
  • Norcross, Best Friend Park Gym, 6224 Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Bus route 35, stop 407 and 906
  • Snellville, Centerville Senior Center, 3025 Bethany Church Road
  • Lawrenceville, Lawrenceville Senior Center, 225 Benson Street, Bus route 40, stop 836 and 337

For more information on warming stations, call 770-822-8850 or email

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The City of Atlanta has numerous warming centers available from Thursday through Monday, 5:30 p.m. through 7:30 a.m.:

  • City of Atlanta overflow shelter, 6:00pm 3404 Delmar Lane, Atlanta GA 30331
  • Salvation Army, 469 Marietta Street, Atlanta 30313, 404-486-2718
  • Solomon’s Temple, 2836 Springdale Rd. SW Atlanta 30315, Contact: Kecia Baker, 404-762-4872 or 404-762-4645
  • Gateway Center, 275 Pryor St SW, Atlanta 30303, 7:30pm, 404-215-6615
  • Mission at the Shepherd’s Inn, 156 Mills Street, Atlanta 30313
  • Trinity, 265 Washington St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303, 404-374-7250 8 p.m.
  • City Baptist Rescue Mission, 316 Peters St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313, 4:30pm, 404-577-3409
  • Donna Center, 865 Warner Street SW Atlanta 30310, 770-558-9490, 4 p.m.
  • Atlanta Mission, 156 Mills street, Atlanta, only 7 beds. Get there early - open at 7 p.m.

In Cobb County, MUST ministries Hope House homeless shelter will serve as a warming center through Dec. 26.

The center is located at 1297 Bells Ferry Road in Marietta.

In Hall County, a warming center will be operated in Gainesville by Good News at Noon. Any branch of the Hall County Library will have information on the warming center and other resources. Also, the United Way has dropped off blankets, sleeping bags, and other supplies at the main library branch in Gainesville and at the Blackshear Place branch. If you need these supplies you’ll need to pick them up on Thursday, Dec. 22, as the branches will be closed starting Friday for the holiday.

Georgia State Parks are opening warming centers for homeowners who may lose power and to stranded motorists. ParkPass fees are waived for anyone using the warming stations. There are 19 locations available through Dec. 26. See a map and spreadsheet of the locations here.

Clayton County is making Sequoyah Middle School available as a warming station starting Friday at noon.