Before the snow, Kansans battle the cold

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KAKE) -

In Hutchinson, a line of people stood outside on the fairgrounds Friday night. Many of them sought cover from the cold covered under blankets, or sleeping in front of a gas heater.

"I've only been out here since about five this evening," said Penny Duncan. "But we'll be here all night."

She traveled to Hutchinson from Dodge City for a free dental care clinic this weekend. The facility will re-open Saturday morning, but she doesn't want to miss the 700 person limit. So they're waiting for bracelets to be distributed, guaranteeing that they have a spot in the morning.

"Yesterday at 4:30, they had already sold out," said Tim Stoughton. "That's why I stay out here."

He, too, is waiting to get work done and plans to sleep in his car once he knows he'll have a space tomorrow.

As they wait outside, some in Wichita rushed inside. The Inter-Faith Emergency Shelter is extending hours once again Saturday, because temperatures are expected to stay cold during the day. 

Snow and mix possible across Kansas this weekend

"When day shelters aren’t open we need to ensure people stay safe and warm in bad weather,” said Inter-Faith Ministries program director Christen Sampamurthy in a press release from the organization.

But the people who did choose to brave the cold said it wasn't a tough one to make, they're saving thousands of dollars many of them don't have, in order to get much-needed dental work done.

"No, we're not leaving," Duncan said. "We've come this far, we're staying."

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