As if 9 inches of snow entering the new year was not enough winter weather to deal with, Old Man Winter is adding a frosty touch of dangerously cold temperatures beginning Sunday, which means if you have to go outdoors, protect yourself.
The city of St. Charles issued a release on Thursday urging residents to do just that, and no wonder — just take a look at the forecast.
An arctic blast will blow through the Fox Valley beginning Sunday, according to Accuweather, which predicts that temperatures in St. Charles will plummet from 14 degrees on Friday and 29 degrees on Saturday to just 2 degrees Sunday and 5 below zero on Monday. Tuesday’s high is forecast at just 5 degrees.
Winds are expected to range from 12 mph to the low 20s during the same period.
“Warmer” weather won’t arrive until Wednesday, when the high is expected to hit 21 degrees before moving into the 30s for the rest of the week.
Combined with the winds, the frigid temperatures could be dangerous, and in St. Charles, officials are urging residents to take steps to stay warm if you have to venture outdoors.
“Starting Friday and possibly lasting until Wednesday, dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills reaching negative temperatures will occur,” the city said in a release posted on its website. “The city of St. Charles would like to caution people, that if you must go out and be in the elements, to please dress for the weather.”
The city suggests ski masks or a scarf to cover your face and neck, because the frigid cold and wind can quickly freeze exposed skin. Keeping your hands protected — whether with gloves or mittens — also is important.
“If you do not need to go outside, please don’t, stay indoors,” the release states, advising drivers who need to go out to keep a blanket in the car, as well as a cellphone charger and flashlight. “... and always notify someone of your destination.”
The release also advises residents that the city’s warming centers can be visited during business hours:
Charlestowne Mall, 3810 E. Main St.
According to the city, residents also may cont the American Red Cross if in need of a place to get warm. Contact the Red Cross at 877-597-0747, and they will do their best to assist.
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