ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – After being blasted by snow and Arctic air this past week, St. Louis metropolitan area residents have to brace for another bout of frigid weather.
Through this weekend, temperatures are expected to plummet into below zero conditions with the possibility of up to 10 inches of snow expected in some parts of the viewing area.
The City of St. Louis will keep its cold weather shelter, located at 12th and Park Rec Center, open until Tuesday, Jan. 7, unless needed further, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said Friday morning. In addition, police and others from the City of St. Louis will be out patrolling the streets to hovelp those who might not have a warm place to go as well as to cite pet owners who have left their animals outside and neglected.
The City of St. Louis will also have a number of warming centers open throughout the frigid temperatures, which can be found on the Heat Up St. Louis website.
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The Better Business Bureau also advises people have an emergency kit that includes, bottled water, a first aid kit, a battery-operated radio, fresh batteries, candles, matches and non-perishable food for the home.
People should also have one prepared for the car that includes, blankets, gloves, shovel and snow-melting materials.
There are a number of other resources for those who need help to survive one of the coldest winters ever that we've gathered below.
- If you or someone you know need help this winter warming up your home, Heat Up St. Louis has a number of resources to help or you can call them at 314-241-7668.
- If you have to be out in the cold, make sure to take extra precaution to protect yourself and your skin.
- Cars are prone to have a rougher time in colder weather, so make sure your car is prepared to handle the cold with these tips.
- It's more crucial than ever to make sure your home's furnace is in working condition and that your home itself is prepared to handle the extreme cold.
- As important as it is to keep you and your family safe, your furry family members need care too in these temperatures, so make sure to follow these tips to keep them safe. If you notice an animal in distress or unresponsive, please call 314-657-1500.
The City of St. Louis Health Department also advises:
- Dress in layers, both inside and outside
- Wear a hat and gloves, and try to have as little exposed skin as possible
- Know the signs of hypothermia and frostbite
- Use caution when walking outdoors to avoid slipping on snow and ice
- Keep homes at a minimum of 60 degrees
- Avoid using alternative heating sources because of risk of fire and carbon monoxide
- Be sure to check on elderly neighbors, or anyone else you know who may be in need of assistance
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