(KMOV.com) – Another winter day, another below-zero high temperature for the St. Louis area — at least, it seems that way. The deep chill has returned, bringing with it brutal wind chills, some school cancellations and sighs of resignation from residents who are weary of bundling up.
A persistent weather pattern that’s driving Arctic air south is forecast to force temperatures to plummet for about 2½ days.
Actual temperatures will range from the single digits to the teens, but Monday afternoon will feel more like negative-5 to negative-10 as winds blow up to 35 mph.
Monday night will see temperatures drop to near 0, with the dangerous wind chills sticking around.
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.
Other schools kept buses running overnight to ensure they would start and were warm enough for students.
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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.