NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Code Blue program will be in effect from Thursday evening through Friday morning, according to an alert issued by the city.

That means Unity Square Community Center at 81 Remsen Ave. at the corner of Suydam Street will be open overnight as a warming center from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

The city uses the Code Blue system when temperatures dip below 20 degrees or there are six inches of snow or more on the ground. The warning center is intended to provide a warm and dry place for residents without adequate shelter.

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According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will drop to a low of about 18 degrees. The wind will be about 10 mph.

The city is attempting to accommodate all guests but space is limited.

Doors will close at capacity or 9 p.m.

Anyone in need of shelter or social services is encouraged to call 2-1-1 for assistance.

A website has been set up for those who want to volunteer to assist with Code Blue shelter staffing.