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Newmarket, region open warming centres as first big snowfall hits

Magna Centre, Ray Twinney Recreation Complex available to escape the cold
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The Town of Newmarket is reminding residents about public facilities where they can get warm after York Region issued a cold weather alert for Nov. 28 and 29.

Temperatures dropped below freezing in the area today, with snow sticking to the ground for the first time this season and Environment Canada warning of snow squalls continuing today. 

With the colder weather, Newmarket said the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex and Magna Centre are open as warming centres during regular hours of operation. The municipality also offered tips for staying warm.

“Limit your exposure,” the municipality said. “Make sure your head, face, ears, neck, hands and feet are well protected.”

Anyone experiencing homelessness in York Region searching for shelter during a cold weather alert can contact the York Region Emergency Housing Central Intake Line at 1-877-464-9675 ext. 76140. You can also contact a seasonal shelter provider listed on housing.

The Ray Twinney Recreation Complex at 100 Eagle St. W. is open every day from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. for warming. The Magna Centre at 800 Mulock Dr. is also open every day from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.