The weekend's expected inclement weather will not halt The Salvation Army's services - to feed and shelter homeless men, women and families.
"The Salvation Army is always prepared because we're always (serving) about 400 to 500 meals per day," said Stephanie Pena, public relations and donor development director. "We feed over 107,000 meals out of our shelter in a fiscal year and that's just in Amarillo."
The Salvation Army serves breakfast and dinner to homeless people every day. It is the largest shelter in the Texas Panhandle, with 230 beds. When that capacity is met, the agency can put cots in its dining and conference rooms to accommodate the overflow of people.
In its fiscal year, Pena said they have around 75,000 bed nights, comprised of new or reoccurring overnight clients.
"Some people come and are at The Salvation Army for extended periods of time. We just had a lady in our shelter who was a single mom and had eight kids, so that's how those numbers can add up so quickly," she said.
After breakfast Saturday, The Salvation Army will close its doors at 8 a.m. and reopen at 3 p.m. During the day, the homeless can use other area resources like the PARC and the Guyon Saunders Resource Center.
"The Salvation Army wants to be a place where people can transition back into the community," Pena said. "Clients set goals with case managers that we have in the shelter - they are goals that they have set themselves - so during the day we expect them to be working on those goals, whether it's getting identification, looking for housing or signing up for different assistance programs."
The shelter is expected to keep it's regular service hours this weekend, but Pena said in the case of severe weather, such as a blizzard, the shelter has extended its hours.
The overnight low for Friday into Saturday was 48 degrees. Rain was expected in the far southwest area of the Texas Panhandle around 1 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Amarillo. There is an 80 percent chance of rain Saturday and the high in Amarillo is 58 degrees.
The rain is expected to clear in the late afternoon, around 3 p.m. A cold front is expected to move south and cover the Oklahoma panhandle by 7 p.m., reaching Amarillo Sunday morning.
In Amarillo, chances of rain are expected to resume at 7 a.m. Sunday, with the temperature hovering around 40 degrees. The high Sunday is 45 degrees and the overnight low is 26 degrees.
The local NWS was unable to predict the likelihood of snowfall Friday afternoon. Forecasters had two scenarios - one predicting 3 to 4 inches of snow in the western Oklahoma panhandle including Hartley County, 1 to 2 inches of snow in the far northwest Texas Panhandle, and less than 1 inch in the southeast portion of the state. The other scenario predicts cold and drizzle across the high plains.
If you'd like to support The Salvation Army, donations of No. 10 size canned goods, twin-size bedding and money are needed.