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Tri-State preparing for blast of brutal winter cold

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On the streets around Cincinnati, not a lot of activity was to be found Monday night. 

You could say maybe Old Man Winter’s bitter chill has put a freeze on things.

Temperatures are expected to dip into the teens overnight, with even colder wind chills. 

For Arlene Nolan, the executive director of Shelterhouse, a new homeless shelter in Queensgate, temperatures like the ones settling in on Monday have their services in high demand
"As the weather has gotten worse and worse, our numbers have increased, unfortunately,” Nolan said.

Inside the shelter, officials have opened an extra space overnight designed to accommodate around 200 more people when the temperatures bottom out to help get people off the streets.

[Related: Safety tips for heating your home as the weather gets colder]

"That's the purpose of the winter shelter - to make sure nobody freezes to death on the streets,” Nolan told FOX19 NOW.

Demand for services is also on the upswing at AAA these days.

"This morning we rescued hundreds of people, especially during the morning rush,” said AAA spokesperson Cheryl Parker.

Things aren’t expected to slow down, either.  Parker suggests keeping up on routine maintenance, and checking your tire pressure and car battery to avoid complications as the weather gets cold.

"It's really important that you just take a minute and get those things checked out,” Parker suggested.

Make sure you check out your home heating sources - your space heaters and fireplaces, included.

"Each one of these scenarios brings a certain kind of danger,” said Colerain Township Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Conn.

Reading the instructions and following simple safety rules will keep your family safe and warm this winter season.

"There's no reason you can't be comfortable in your own house, utilize the things correctly and you should be fine,” Conn told FOX19 NOW.

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