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Rochester Offers Respite During Arctic Blast

City of Rochester opens nine rec centers to offer relief from cold for those who need it during the deep freeze.

The deep freeze has triggered a series of emergency announcements Monday Night.  A state of emergency has been declared for 14 counties.  Locally, that includes Monroe, Genesee, Orleans, Wayne, Wyoming and Livingston Counties.

 Meantime, the New York State Thruway is closed west of Buffalo to the Pennsylvannia border.
Conditions for the rest of the thruway are described as icy and snoy from Buffalo to Rochester.

It's so cold, that most local schools have already closed for Tuesday.  The City of Rochester has opened nine recreation centers to provide warm shelter for those who need it.

The American Red Cross has supplied the cots, blankets, and bottled water that will welcome people in from the cold.  We found, yet again, in time of need, Rochester rocks.

When the thermometer reads single digits and dropping.

"This is ridiculous," said Andrew Jackson, Rochester.

People are urged to stay indoors.

"Go home, get home cookin'.  My mom's gunna turn up the heat.  Ya know, maybe some spaghetti, ya know, who knows," said Thomas Bentley, Rochester.

 RTS provided free rides to the nine recreation centers that are open around the clock Monday night.  They'll welcome the less fortunate with a warm place to lay their head, hats, gloves, coats, scarves, even books to read.

"Rochester definately gives back quite a bit.  You've seen it in the past, how rochester just steps up and takes care of what needs to be done," Michael Georgetti, Ryan Community Center.

Volunteers at the American Red Cross are giving of their time, talent and treasure as well Monday night.

"Doing everything from sheltering, feeding, logistics, moving all of our supplies around our technology, communications.  All kinds of things.  Everything that makes us be able to work," said Joe Latalladi, American Red Cross.

In our travels we found lots of people filling up at the pumps, so they won't have to stand in line Tuesday when the temperatures really plummet.

Back at the bus stop, Andrew Jackson is just trying to get home.

"It's very cold outside, for real.  And I'm just freezing out here waiting for the bus," said Andrew Jackson, Rochester.

The best advice:  stay indoors if you can, limit your exposure to the cold, and layer, layer, layer.

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