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The last cold snap happened shortly after area schools' long Christmas break, when buses were idle for several weeks.
"I think we'll have similar crowds (to those two weeks ago). We really try to convince people not to take risks. Sometimes people misjudge how cold it's going to be. We try to make sure they know they are welcome and we have a safe, dry place."
Area homeless shelters were operating under Code Purple status, Western Carolina Rescue Ministries executive director Michael Woods said. No one will be turned away, and people will be allowed to remain in shelters during the day.
Gusty winds early this morning were expected to drop wind chills to as low as 20 below.
Air that cold will thicken diesel fuel to the point that some school buses fail to start.
"Even though you might not change your thermostat, your system is operating much more frequently," she said.
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"We'll see an increase in the number of people seeking shelter," Woods said.
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When running water, turn on the hot and cold water, Duckett said.
"We tend to see some scattered equipment failures, and that can result in scattered power outages," she said.
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"They know now which buses are a little more fickle than others," Hough said. "They'll certainly focus on them."
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Asheville and Buncombe school officials planned to bring mechanics in early this morning to tackle mechanical challenges with school buses.
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Duke Energy officials were preparing for the possibility of scattered power outages. Extreme cold is hard on equipment, Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said.
water pipes, Fletcher plumber Duane Duckett said. Area plumbers are still repairing lines damaged in the cold weather two weeks ago.
School buses can operate in colder northern climates because buses there are equipped with heating mechanisms that keep the fuel systems from getting too cold, Hough said.
Duckett recommended making sure foundation vents are closed, opening cabinet doors under sinks, removing hoses from outdoor water spigots, making sure well heads are well insulated and running a trickle of water from indoor spigots.
Single digit lows were expected overnight and again Thursday night, with highs remaining in the 20s through Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
Area plumbers, still busy repairing water lines after the last cold snap, are expecting a surge of new water line breaks.
Because of the cold, at least 10 school districts closed or are operating on a delay today.
"This has really been misery for a lot of people," he said.
Several thousand customers in Buncombe and surrounding counties lost electricity during the cold spell two weeks ago because of equipment failures.
learned when we had the polar vortex (Jan. 7)," Buncombe schools transportation director Joe Hough said. "These buses just would not turn over. The fuel is just not getting to the engine."
"Preparation is the key," he said. "The last line of defense is to turn the water on. It's cheaper than a plumber."
It doesn't make sense for local schools to spend several hundred dollars per bus for such equipment, he said.
Erik Moran and her dog Bruce, a doberman pitbull mix, are dressed for cold winds and light snow at Pack Square on Tuesday afternoon.
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