Brrrr! Negative wind chills expected throughout day in St. Louis area

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by Brendan Marks / KMOV.com Staff | @BrendanMarks

KMOV.com

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 23 at 6:49 PM

(KMOV.com) – St. Louis-area residents woke up to bitter temperatures on Thursday, a trend expected to stick around for most of the day.

A wind chill advisory is in effect until 12 p.m. for the News 4 viewing area.

Temperatures Thursday morning were barely above 0 in the St. Louis-area by about 6 a.m., though wind chills made it feel as low as minus-25 degrees.

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Those temps will rise to about 11 degrees by the afternoon, but it will still feel around minus-10 degrees with wind gusts around 25 mph.

Thursday night will see temperatures drop to about 5 degrees, but the dangerous wind chills will remain.

Such low wind chills throughout the day means frostbite can form on skin exposed to the cold for as little as 15 to 30 minutes.

While the numbers weren’t as low as some of the temperatures the area got earlier this month, several local districts cancelled school in part over concerns of students standing at or walking to the bus stop.

Related: St. Louis-area school, business closings

Other schools kept buses running overnight to ensure they would start and were warm enough for students.

St. Louis opened its emergency weather shelter on 12th and Park for the 28th time this season to provide protection from the extreme cold.

Here are a number of links to help you track the 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.

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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 alternative heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions. 

 

 

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