The shelter, accessed by the Spring Street entrance, is open now through Jan. 8 at noon. Fifty cots will be available and more may be added if necessary, Mayor Doug Murphree said. Pets are not allowed.
Those needing shelter are encouraged to bring blankets and pillows. Anyone in the area wishing to donate blankets can do so at the shelter location.
The shelter was organized through the efforts of Sylacauga Police Department, Sylacauga Ministerial Association and the mayor’s office.
In Talladega, the Spring Street Recreation Center will be open round the clock for anyone needing shelter from the cold, according to City Manager Brian Muenger.
The city also took other precautions Monday morning, which turned out to be unnecessary, he added.
"We had the public works department come in an hour early this morning to put down sand, but compared to the worst case scenarios we had been looking at, there was actually very little ice to put it on. As far as I know, we didn't have any downed trees or significant loss of power in town."
Muenger said city officials would continue to monitor the situation Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Riverside storm shelter is open as a warming station until further notice.