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City officials call for precautions as freezing temps hit Laurel

High winds are predicted to bring freezing temperatures to Laurel Tuesday, delaying the start of the school day and creating the potential for hypothermia and frostbite.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory, with temperatures as low as 15 below overnight and the high Tuesday of about 13 degrees. The chilly forecast led school officials in Prince George's County to announce Monday that school would open two hours late on Tuesday morning.

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City officials sent out several safety reminders Monday, including placing generators in well-ventilated areas or outdoors, the need to bring household pets in from the cold and a suggestion to check on neighbors who might need assistance during the cold snap.

In anticipation of the cold, Prince George's County has set up several warming centers, including Deerfield Run Community Center, 13000 Laurel Bowie Road. For hours of operation, call 301-953-7882.

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