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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Temps plunge to -11

  • Temperatures plunged to 11 degrees below zero today (Monday) in Chillicothe, producing dangerously cold conditions with life-threatening wind chill readings of 28 below zero. The National Weather Service issued a wind chill warning from 6 p.m. Sunday until 6 p.m. today (Monday). A wind chill advisory continues until 9 a.m. Tuesday.
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  • Temperatures plunged to 11 degrees below zero today (Monday) in Chillicothe, producing dangerously cold conditions with life-threatening wind chill readings of 28 below zero. The National Weather Service issued a wind chill warning from 6 p.m. Sunday until 6 p.m. today (Monday). A wind chill advisory continues until 9 a.m. Tuesday.
    With the extreme cold conditions, schools began announcing closures Sunday afternoon. Chillicothe City Hall, the county library and health center were also among closures today.
    The wind chill reading — which is determined by wind speed and temperature — dropped to 28 below zero several times during the night in Chillicothe, according to NWS Meteorologist Mike July. The readings are taken every hour from an automated site in Chillicothe.
    “It’s conceivable that it may have gotten colder,” July said.
    At 11 a.m. today, the temperature was 6 below zero and the wind child was 27 below zero. Authorities urged people to stay indoors. The combination of very cold air and the strong winds create dangerously low wind chill values that could result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia or death if precautions are not taken.
    The Chillicothe area received around 4 inches of snow between Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, according to July. Strong winds created drifting conditions and many of the area roads remained snow-packed and ice-packed. After seeing several of the county roads this morning, Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox urged residents to stay home.
    “Let the townships and road crews do their job as several east-west county roads are heavily drifted and/or blocked entirely in places,” he said. “Some of the north-south roads have impressive drifts along side or at least into the roadway.”
    “With this dangerous temperature and wind chill, it is far safer to stay home,” Cox said.
    Today’s high temperature was to reach just 2 below zero. The weather conditions came close to setting a record in Kansas City for this date. The record low was minus 13 in 1912. Today’s low was 11 below. Records show that St. Joseph reported a low of 20 below on this date in 1971. On Feb. 2, 2011, the temperature dropped to 13 below zero in Chillicothe.
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