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Cold Weather

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The bitter cold that gripped the Midwest forced commuters to bundle up like polar explorers. By early next week, many of those same people might get by with a light jacket.


Just days after the arctic conditions, the region will seemingly swing into another season, with temperatures climbing by as much as 80 degrees, according to forecasters. Experts say the rapid thaw is unprecedented, and it could create problems of its own: bursting pipes, flooding rivers and crumbling roads.


Schools across Missouri called off classes today and homeless shelters are overflowing as temperatures plunged to dangerous lows.

And the National Weather Service this afternoon issued a Winter Weather Advisory until midnight tonight for parts of central Missouri, including Columbia and Fulton, warning of slippery road conditions during the evening commute. Columbia Public Schools announced a two-hour delayed start Thursday, Jan. 31. 

Some Missouri schools are calling off classes for Wednesday because of plummeting temperatures.

The extreme cold and record-breaking temperatures are crawling into a swath of states spanning from North Dakota to Missouri and into Ohio after a powerful snowstorm pounded the region earlier this week. Much of Missouri is under a wind chill warning or advisory, with wind chills expected to drop as low as minus 30 degrees (-22 Celsius) Wednesday. The National Weather Service says the cold could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

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The dangerous wintry mix that settled over Missouri during the weekend is gone, but bitter cold on Monday forced dozens of schools to call off classes and made venturing outdoors miserable.

Parts of the state awoke to temperatures below zero Monday morning, and readings most everywhere else were in single digits. Schools remained closed in many places because it was too dangerously cold for the kids to get out.

Nearly 40 water main breaks in the St. Louis area were blamed on the frigid conditions.

Today Paul Pepper visits with MU Health Care's DR. JEFFREY LITT and KASSIE OLIVER, RN, about common injuries caused by cold weather, from frostbite to house fires, and how you can prevent them from happening to you. February 2, 2015