- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The city of Asheville is launching efforts to find shelter for the homeless in advance of a forecast for a cold weekend.

A Code Purple is in effect beginning Saturday and lasting through Monday. In response, a group of agencies and faith groups will help people experiencing chronic homelessness find a safe, warm place to stay.

Code Purple goes into effect when the temperature in Asheville and Buncombe County drops below 32 degrees, or the wind chill combined with the air temperature equals 32 degrees or lower.

Shelters are encouraging emergency workers and police to urge people outside at night to come inside.

The National Weather Service says lows Saturday and Sunday night will dip into the mid-20s. Wind gusts Saturday night could reach 45 mph.

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