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Updated: 1/06 9:07 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. - Plummeting temperatures have warming shelters opening up in the area and people scrambling to get home, and stay home, to avoid the cold.

Leslie Rovenburg is hustling home after picking up her grandson from daycare.

"We're trying to get home but it's hard," said Rovenburg

She had hoped to make it home before sunset, but the cold and ice have turned her walk into a dreadful journey.  She said she's worried.

"My safety, and he fell two times. I'm like 'oh my God' I'm just praying so we can make it home," she said.

Communities around the area went into action on Monday to help combat the cold.

Cohoes opened up its community center in case anyone needs a warm place to go.

Mayor Primeau said "We just wanted a place that people could go in the event that they had a problem with their home."

The drastic change in temperature Monday has Mayor Primeau worried it would catch people off guard.

"I'm concerned about tonight," he said "We had a warm day today but were going to have some served icy conditions tonight."

The roads are icy because the snow has melted when temperatures rose in the morning, and froze as temperatures dropped.

"Hoping people don't have to travel on the road if they don't need to," said Mayor Primeau.

People are also flocking to the Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany.

Pastor Jones said "I'm glad they're coming in tonight, I'm never tired of seeing homeless people coming."

Beds with blankets and pillows are ready to go for people that need them, and Reverend Jones said all of the items will be used throughout Monday night.

"Yeah, we're full tonight, we'll be packed. It's just trying to get in all the code blues, ‘cause we've had up to 20 code blues tonight," Jones continued.

Pastor Jones also has cold weather gear ready to hand out, bags filled with coats, hats, and gloves.

The Rescue Mission continues to need the winter weather gear as temperatures drop. If you would like to donate a new or gently used clothing item, you are invited to drop them off at the mission in Albany.

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