A few days into the New Year, Sedalia residents are continuing to bundle up in face of possible record-setting freezing temperatures.
Sunday saw a wind chill warning issued, the first Emergency Management Agency Director Dave Clippert said he’s seen.
“Early (Monday) morning, we’re looking at an actual temperate of around 10 below zero,” he said. “But because we’re going to have winds blowing at 10 to 15 mph, the wind chill could get as low as 30 below.”
According to the EMA, with temperatures that low, hypothermia and frostbite could set in in as little as 30 minutes. Clippert urged residents to wear layers and stay inside as much as possible today. In addition, homeowners should keep faucets at a trickle to prevent pipes from freezing and remember to keep pets inside.
“The good news is it looks like we’re done with the snow,” Clippert said. “I would guess Sedalia got about 4 inches Sunday, but the winds made it drift so much it’s hard to get an accurate count. Looking ahead into the week I don’t see any more snow predicted and Tuesday the temperatures will start to climb a little.
“Those temperatures are going to feel like a balmy spring day after these freezing temperatures,” he added with a laugh.
Several organizations and schools — including Sedalia School District 200 and Sacred Heart School — were canceled by mid-afternoon Sunday with officials concerned over the record-setting low temperatures, “a good decision” Clippert said.
“It’s going to be miserable, I was happy to see that the schools were canceled,” he said.
According to the Associated Press, the Missouri Department of Transportation reported most major roadways were covered Sunday and clearing them was a challenge because the wind was blowing cleared snow back onto the pavement and it was so cold the salt used to melt ice and snow wasn’t effective. MoDOT officials encouraged motorists to stay off roads unless absolutely necessary, something Clippert agreed with.
“My advice is to stay home and stay inside to ride out the weather (today),” he said. “If you have to go out, dress in as many layers as possible, make sure you have an emergency kit in your car and limit your time outside if at all possible.”