WIND CHILL VALUES EXPECTED TO GET NEAR ZERO TONIGHT
Wind chill values are expected to get around of below zero tonight.
According to the National Weather Service, It will be bitterly cold at times tonight through Wednesday night as a frigid arctic airmass spreads across the area.
Wind chills temperatures overnight will fall to zero to 10 below. Wind chills values will be lower the further north you go and a Wind Chill Advisory will be in effect for Iron, Madison, Reynolds, and Bollinger Counties.
Warming centers have been set up at numerous locations in Southeast Missouri, including the Butler County Health Department and the Poplar Bluff Public Library in Poplar Bluff as well as the Ripley County Health Center in Doniphan, and the Dexter Library.
For a list of warming center’s available in Southeast Missouri visit our Facebook page.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has also made a website available for finding warming centers in your area at https://ogi.oa.mo.gov/DHSS/warmingCenter/
TIPS FOR DEALING WITH BITTERLY COLD TEMPERATURES
With bitterly cold wind chill values expected for tonight and tomorrow morning, Missouri Governor Mike Parson is urging residents to take precautions to protect you and your family.
Remember to dress properly if you will be spending any time outdoors because such cold wind chill values will produce frostbite and hypothermia if precautions are not taken.
People need to also remember that an unexpected vehicle breakdown could turn into an extremely dangerous situation if they are unprepared-- remember to bring an extra set of warm clothing when traveling. Do not let the warmth of your vehicle give you a false sense of security.
State Fire Marshal Tim Bean says that space heaters are potentially deadly if they are not monitored and used correctly. Ovens and stove tops should never be used to attempt to heat a home. Make sure you are not overloading extension cords and power strips, which are not designed for heavy electrical loads.
Governor Parson is also urging Missourians to check on neighbors and family members who may need a little extra help during these dangerous conditions. Remember to limit outdoor time for your pets as well, as they will also be susceptible to the extreme cold temperatures.
AUTHORITIES ARREST BLOOMFIELD MAN ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANT
Authorities in Stoddard County have arrested an area man on a controlled substance warrant.
Officials with the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department tell KWOC News that 33 year old Robert Peloquin, of Bloomfield, was recently arrested on a two count felony warrant for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Peloquin’s bond was set at $15,000, cash only, and officials say he remained in jail as of this morning.
NORTHEAST ARKANSAS RESIDENTS APPOINTED TO STATE BOARDS
Multiple Northeast Arkansas residents have been appointed to state boards by Governor Asa Hutchinson.
According to the Governor’s Office, Will Brewer of Paragould has been appointed to a seat on the Arkansas Economic Development Council.
Paragould Mayor Mike Gaskill and Ramonda Housh, of Pocahontas, have been reappointed to the Arkansas Local Police and Fire Retirement System Board of Trustees and the State Board of Nursing respectively.
The appointments were announced by Governor Hutchinson on Monday.
RIPLEY COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT
Route N in Ripley County will be closed today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can replace a pipe under the roadway.
According to MoDOT, the closure will be located 2 miles from the junction of Route 142.
Weather permitting, work will take place today from 8 am through 2 pm.
ROAD WORK SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK IN STODDARD COUNTY
Route J in Stoddard County is being reduced to one lane this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform drainage improvements.
The work zone is located from Route AA to Route F.
Weather permitting, work is scheduled to take place from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm daily, through Friday.