ARLINGTON, Va. — Northern Virginia is making preparations for the Arctic air on its way to the region.

Arlington County said Monday that it will temporarily keep its emergency winter shelter open during the day. Usually it is open only from 4 p.m. to 9 a.m., but the county wants to make sure that people come in from the streets as temperatures are expected to dip into single digits.

Loudoun County will also allow individuals staying at its emergency shelter in Leesburg to remain inside during the day for the duration of extreme weather.

In Fairfax County, officials are reminding people that the county’s libraries and community centers also serve as warming centers for people who need to come in from the cold. And the county animal shelter is temporarily offering emergency housing for pets that do not have access to indoor shelter.

Schools in Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun counties will be closed on Tuesday, the school systems announced Monday, while schools in the city of Alexandria will open two hours late. School officials said they wanted to ensure the safety of their students, especially those who walk to school.

The record low for Jan. 7 in Washington is 5 degrees, set in 1884.

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