- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Officials in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are urging people to take precautions and check on the elderly, disabled and homeless as bitter cold temperatures move into the region.

The National Weather Service says temperatures will dip below zero in some places Thursday night into Friday, with wind chills in the minus-20s in some areas.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration announced Wednesday its plan to protect homeless people from dangerously cold temperatures, through a network of government agencies, homeless shelters and other organizations.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he will activate severe cold weather protocol calling on state police and other agencies to coordinate with shelters and community groups.

Providence, Rhode Island, officials released a list of warming centers and urged people who need help to call 311.

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