Bitter cold still around in St. Louis area with more snow on the way

Bitter cold still around in St. Louis area with more snow on the way

Bitter cold still around in St. Louis area with more snow on the way

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by Brendan Marks / KMOV.com Staff | @BrendanMarks

KMOV.com

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 6:50 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 7 at 12:23 PM

(KMOV.com) – St. Louis-area residents again woke up to bitter temperatures on Tuesday, a day after the region saw the lowest numbers in the past 20 years.

Temperatures were as low as negative-10 degrees in parts of the News 4 viewing area, including St. Charles, Mo. and Belleville, Ill. Wind chills made it feel as low as negative-25 degrees in parts.

In St. Louis, temperatures were around negative -2 degrees, slightly warmer than Monday’s temperatures of minus-8 degrees, the city’s coldest reading since February 1996.

Temperatures never went above 0 Monday. The St. Louis National Weather Service says the last time the St. Louis area had a high below 0 was on Dec. 22, 1989, when it was minus-1.

Related: St. Louis-area roads a major concern due to extreme low temps

“It had been 24 years since such a cold air outbreak. This will be a treacherous stretch of cold,” said News 4 Chief Meteorologist Steve Templeton.

The bitter cold has caused problems, too. St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said the department responded to eight calls about cardiac-related issues that may have been weather-related, including one fatality.

Frostbite cases have spiked, too. KMOX Radio reported 10 cases at just two St. Louis hospitals -- Barnes-Jewish and Saint Louis University Hospital. Emergency room workers said some of the victims were exposed to the elements for just a few minutes

The state's homeless shelters remained busy, and warming centers were open at 261 sites in Missouri, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Road conditions throughout the state have vastly improved since Sunday’s snow storm, but clearing roads remain a challenge because it is so cold that salt is less effective.

Related: Click here to track Lambert Airport flight statuses

Temperatures on Tuesday are expected to reach the upper-teens, though Wednesday will bring a chance for another round of snow, which is expected to arrive sometime in the evening.

“A chance for some flurries or light snow, especially late evening into Thursday morning,” said News 4 Meteorologist Kent Ehrhardt. “Accumulations will generally be under 2 inches.”

That chance for snow will stick around Thursday, though precipitation may be rain because temperatures are projected to be above the freezing mark.

Temperatures should reach the low 40s by Friday and the upper 40s by Saturday. The normal high for the state this time of year is 38 degrees.

Click here for a full, detailed forecast

Here are a number of links to help you track the upcoming weather:

For up-to-date information on power outages visit the Ameren Missouri or Ameren Illinois outage maps.

Click here for the KMOV.com Storm Mode page with the latest weather condition updates.

Click here to upload your storm photos and video or e-mail photos to website@kmov.com

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FEMA has released a number or tips on how to handle the extreme cold. Here’s what they say to do:

*Winterize your home to extend the life of your fuel supply by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic.

*Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.

Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.

Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

 

 

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