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Wind chill warning issued for Douglas County, subzero temperatures expected Sunday night

Allan Umscheid, owner of Yards By Al, feels the bitter cold wind and catches drifting snow on his face as he runs a snowblower downtown early Sunday morning, Jan. 5, 2014. Several inches of snow fell on the Lawrence area overnight and wind chill values are forecast to be as low as minus 25 to minus 32 Sunday night through Monday morning.

Allan Umscheid, owner of Yards By Al, feels the bitter cold wind and catches drifting snow on his face as he runs a snowblower downtown early Sunday morning, Jan. 5, 2014. Several inches of snow fell on the Lawrence area overnight and wind chill values are forecast to be as low as minus 25 to minus 32 Sunday night through Monday morning.

January 5, 2014, 11:15 a.m. Updated January 5, 2014, 1:56 p.m.

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Richard Gwin/Journal World Photo. Bill Musick, a Lawrence Public Works employee, clears some snow from the city parking garage at Sixth and New Hampshire Streets on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014.

Richard Gwin/Journal World Photo. Bill Musick, a Lawrence Public Works employee, clears some snow from the city parking garage at Sixth and New Hampshire Streets on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014.

Richard Gwin/Journal World Photo. Bill Musick, a Lawrence Public Works employee, clears some snow from the city parking garage at Sixth and New Hampshire Streets on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. Musick's beard froze in the 6 degree weather Sunday morning.

Richard Gwin/Journal World Photo. Bill Musick, a Lawrence Public Works employee, clears some snow from the city parking garage at Sixth and New Hampshire Streets on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. Musick's beard froze in the 6 degree weather Sunday morning.

The Lawrence area accumulated around 4 inches of snow Saturday night into Sunday, according to estimates made by the National Weather Service.

The weather service does not expect more snow, but wind gusts are drifting the existing snow. Subzero temperatures are in the forecast into Monday.

"It looks like areas in Douglas County ranged from a couple inches up to 5 inches," said Bill Gargan, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Topeka. "There may be some snow flurries tonight, but nothing measurable."

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning for Douglas County beginning at 6 p.m. and continuing through noon Monday.

According to the National Weather Service, the temperature tonight will dip to minus 10 degrees, with north winds of 10 to 15 mph and gusts of up to 25 mph causing wind chill values between minus 20 and minus 30.

On Monday, the predicted high is 4 degrees, with wind chill values between minus 21 and minus 31. Monday night may reach down to minus 2, with west winds creating wind chill values between minus 10 and minus 15.

The National Weather Service warns that prolonged exposure to these subzero temperatures may cause hypothermia. Frostbite may occur to exposed skin within a matter of minutes.

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Comments

Stephanie Weaver Kempersquash 3 months, 1 week ago

Did you happen to look out the window before posting this? We got a lot more than 1/2 inch of snow.

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Richard Heckler 3 months, 1 week ago

If folks go out sipping brew,wine etc etc etc and are having a fun time it might be a good idea to make sure participants without vehicles get home. BECAUSE if one should pass out along the way walking home or maybe decide to take a nap along the way this person is likely to not make it into the next morning.

Use the buddy system on these very cold super wind chill days.

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Leslie Swearingen 3 months, 1 week ago

Whoa! The artic is melting and we are freezing. It would have been a lot easier to deal with if the temperature dropping sleadily so we became acclimated to the winter, but not, it is sixty for a couple of days, then twenty, then sixty again and then wham.

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