With temperatures dipping into the teens, New Bedford's Emergency Overflow Shelter opened Tuesday night at the PAACA headquarters on Coggeshall Street.

Emergency Management Director Mark Mahoney tells WBSM News, the decision was made Tuesday afternoon to open the shelter.

"This is a public safety response to extreme winter weather. Its not for the entire winter season, but rather when we're looking at an evening or a series of evenings with extreme cold and winds or measureable snowfall," said Mahoney.

The overflow shelter will likely not open the remainder of the week because temperatures are expected to climb back into the 40's.