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I-35A few motorists tried traveling on I-35 north near 7th Street in Kansas City, Kan., on Sunday morning. (KC Scout photo)
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Minimum wind chill values for Monday morningMinimum wind chill values for Monday morning. (National Weather Service map)
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Cold weather statisticNational Weather Service graphic
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I-70 at 78thThere was a path on I-70 eastbound at 78th around 9 a.m. Sunday, but snow was still on the highways at that time. (KC Scout photo)
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I-435 at State AvenueRoad conditions at I-435 at State Avenue on Sunday morning, Jan. 5. (KC Scout photo)
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I-35 south of CambridgeTraffic conditions at I-35 south of Cambridge, about 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 5. (KC Scout photo)
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I-70 at Mill StreetTraffic conditions at I-70 at Mill Street, about 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 5. (KC Scout photo)
Minimum wind chill values for Monday morning
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I-70 at 78th
I-435 at State Avenue
I-35 south of Cambridge
I-70 at Mill Street
Residents on Sunday woke up to the coldest morning in recent memory. But it's going to get worse.
The temperature was 11 degrees, with a wind chill of minus 6, at 9 a.m. Sunday, and new snow had fallen overnight.
The National Weather Service is warning residents of dangerously cold conditions spreading into the region today, that will combine with brisk north winds to create wind chills as low as -25 to -35 degrees F tonight through Monday morning.
Traffic on Sunday morning appeared to be very light on area roads and highways.
Some places in Wyandotte County received 1 to 2 inches of snow overnight. In the metropolitan area, reports were that 3 to 4 inches of snow fell in places. It appeared that snow had ended by 9 a.m. in Wyandotte County, although the forecast included the possibility of light snow through noon over the region.
The cold weather is life-threatening Sunday through Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
A wind chill warning is in effect from 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, through noon Monday, Jan. 6.
The coldest air in 20 years will arrive today and linger through early Tuesday, according to the weather service.
Projected wind chills, according to the weather service:
- Today: -5 to -15 ° F
- Tonight – Monday morning: -25 to -35 ° F
- Monday: -15 to -25 ° F
- Monday night – Tuesday morning: -15 to -25 ° F
Cold spells of this magnitude are uncommon for this area and bring a high risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions, the weather service warned.
In addition, frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave homes without heat or running water, and car batteries run the risk of dying.
The weather service offered these tips:
- Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves, a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values Sunday and Monday could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken.
- Run water at a trickle and keep cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing.
- Never use a stove or oven to heat your home and do not use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices.
- Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket, warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded.
- Take extra steps to keep your pet warm and know its limits to cold. Whimpering, shivering or slowing down could be signs of hypothermia.
For more information about the weather, visit www.weather.gov.