The forecast

SAN BERNARDINO

Today: Sunny. High near 65.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High near 58. Thirty percent chance of evening showers.

Sunday: Thirty percent chance of showers.

ONTARIO

Today: Sunny. High near 65.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High near 59. Forty percent chance of evening showers.

Sunday: Thirty percent chance of showers. High near 58.

BIG BEAR LAKE

Today: Sunny. High near 49.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High near 46. Thirty percent percent chance of snow in the evening.

Sunday: Thirty percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy. High near 38.

HIGH DESERT

Today: Patchy frost before 10 a.m. Otherwise sunny. High near 56.

Saturday: Partly sunny. High near 58. Twenty percent chance of showers.

Sunday: Twenty percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy. High near 55.

Source: National Weather Service

The homeless have been packing into area cold-weather shelters the last few nights as temperatures have dipped into the low 30s, breaking a temperature record in Ontario.

Ontario had its coldest Dec. 18 in six years this week, reaching 33 degrees. The old record, 35 degrees, was set in 2006, the National Weather Service said.

No other Inland Empire cities broke temperature records, but people have been feeling the chill nonetheless.

The Salvation Army in Redlands housed 26 people on Wednesday night and 24 the night before.

"That was a mixture of people in their 70s down to a 2-month-old baby," said Salvation Army Capt. Patrick Lyons.

It was a significant jump from Dec. 1, when only six people came to the shelter.

The Central City Lutheran Mission in San Bernardino usually shelters 58 to 60 men per night earlier in the winter. But on Wednesday, 63 people came in out of the cold and 64 came the night before, said Jessica Esquivel, who works at the church.

"Once it gets really cold, we get a lot more people," Esquivel said.

Even if the shelter reaches its capacity of 70 people and has to turn someone away, the person still receives a hot meal and is sent to other cold-weather shelters in the area.

Lyons said the Salvation Army also connects people with assistance programs for issues such as substance abuse and housing.

Cold overnight temperatures are expected to continue the rest of the week, but won't be quite as chilly.

A storm is headed for the area, bringing a chance of rain beginning Saturday night into Monday. It could also bring snow to the local mountains and gusty winds to the both mountains and High Desert.

"By Christmas, it will be out of the area," said National Weather Service meteorologist James Thomas.

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