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POSTED: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 2:09pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 7:34pm

EL PASO - All across El Paso we found people bundling up and braving the cold in thick jackets, hats, and gloves to try and stay warm outside.

Some students on UTEP's campus seemed a little caught off guard by the temperature drop.

"It's pretty cold. As soon as you walk out of the car your nose starts to get numb," said student Michael Bester.

"I try to have a lot of clothes on. It's kind of unusual for El Paso right now because it doesn't get cold until the end of December or January," said Priscilla Banuelos, another UTEP student.

And imagine having to drive around in a golf cart all day while exposed to the elements. IT Department staffer Joaquin Chavez has to do just that.

"In the summer it's pretty cool. Right now it's cold it's not so fun, but it's work," he said.

Still, we found another student strutting around campus in a T-shirt.

“It feels way warmer now. This morning it was freezing and my nose was cold,” said Chris Anaya.

Temperatures stayed around 50 degrees all day and tonight they're expected to dip down into the teens. That's when homeless shelters all around El Paso like the Rescue Mission expect to fill up.

"All the beds will be filled,” said director Blake Barrow. He said the shelter plans to put people on the floors if necessary. Because despite being completely full, Barrow said the shelter won't turn anyone away.

“We get people who are living in an apartments and they have no heat. And they come into the Rescue Mission for a warm place to stay.”

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