Even before the start of the New Year, the National Weather Service is forecasting frigidly cold weather for southeast Missouri with temperatures that at times will likely drop to dangerously low levels — especially with the wind chill factored in.
On Friday, the NWS released a Hazardous Weather Outlook warning of the likelihood of dangerous wind chills ranging anywhere from 15 to near 30 below zero in the region and continued bitterly cold temperatures through the coming week.
The coldest values are expected to arrive Sunday night through Monday night, with the highest threat for dangerous wind chill values occurring during the early morning hours on both days. The high on Sunday will top out at about 15, with a low of -2. Monday's high will reach 16 degrees, with a low of 1.
The rest of the week isn't going to be a whole lot warmer either.
Expect a high of 25 and low of 13 on Tuesday; high of 29 and low of 7 on Wednesday; a high of 25 and low of 10 on Thursday; and a high of 29 and low of 11 on Friday.
Relatively "balmy" weather is expected to return to the area Saturday when the Parkland is forecast to see a high of 36 and low of 23.
With the onslaught of dangerous weather conditions, take note of these NWS extreme cold safety tips:
Stay indoors during the worst part of the extreme cold.
Keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle if you must travel.
Check tire pressure, antifreeze levels, heater/defroster, etc.
Learn how to shut off water valves for potential pipe bursts.
Check on the elderly.
Bring pets inside.
Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing, and a hat.
Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves.
Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
Try to stay dry and out of the wind.
For the latest updates, watches and warnings issued by the NWS, check out the Daily Journal website at www.dailyjournalonline.com