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Posted: Friday, December 31, 2010 4:26 pm | Updated: 8:07 pm, Sun Jan 2, 2011.

The cold weather is prompting more of Arizona's homeless to bring in the new year safe and warm inside shelters across the Phoenix and Tucson areas.

About 1,100 people spent Friday morning at facilities run by Central Arizona Shelter Services in Phoenix and a like number were expected do the same overnight Saturday.

"We heard that the weather is going to be bad for the next week," said Irene Augustine, director of development at CASS, in an interview with The Associated Press. "We're going to be prepared for that."

More than 100 men stayed at Salvation Army shelters in Tucson Friday morning as a hard freeze drove down temperatures in southern Arizona.

To help keep homeless men and women warm, the shelters are putting out an urgent call for gloves and shoes.

"They are asking us for gloves. We have no gloves. Gloves are the big item," said Yoli Hasler, shelter program manager.

Other Tucson shelters, including the Flowing Wells Assembly of God and the Gospel Rescue Mission, are braced for more homeless people New Year's morning.

"We're dealing with them all day and all night. There's no day off for homelessness, that's for sure," said Pastor Roy Tullgren, the executive director of Tucson's Gospel Rescue Mission.

The morning low temperature in Tucson Friday was 25 degrees and was expected to be in the 20's again New Year's morning.

"It looks like it will be just as cold again and may even continue even with another night in the 20's Sunday morning," said Chris Rasmussen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

"It's definitely a dangerous thing for them."

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