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WEATHER ALERT DAY: Tracking another morning with single-digit temperatures

Temperatures have dropped and clouds exited as Arctic high pressure begins to settle over the Midwest for the rest of the work week, giving us some of the coolest air of the season so far.

THURSDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE:

Wind chills are in the single digits, and this is still expected to be the worst of it. The National Weather Service has not extended their Wind Chill Advisory, allowing it to expire at noon today.

What's going on

Dangerously cold air has built up in northern Canada and will be able to break free towards the middle of this week. The jet stream will become almost due northerly, which this time of year will drive the edge of that cold air into Mid-Missouri.

What to expect

Highs today have reached the mid-teens, but single digit wind chills are the rule across the board. Lows fall back down into the single digits overnight with wind chills falling below zero by Friday morning. It will be dangerous to be outside with skin exposed for longer than 30 minutes.

How to prepare

Temperatures tonight will drop below freezing and won't get back above it until Saturday afternoon. With a somewhat extended stay in the cold weather, be sure to bring those pets inside, check on friends and family, and keep the pipes in mind.

If the water in your pipes freezes, it expands and takes up more room. As it expands, it can cause a rupture in the line, leading to a serious problem in your household.

When you do venture outside into these frigid conditions, be sure to layer up. More layers helps insulate your body and covering any exposed skin will go a long way in preventing frostbite.

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Kevin Schneider

Kevin Schneider gives the latest forecast each weekday morning on ABC 17 News.

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Chance Gotsch

Chance Gotsch grew up just south of St. Louis and moved to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri to pursue a degree in Atmospheric Sciences.

His interest in weather begin as a child when he used to be afraid of storms. Years later, he purchased a weather forecasting book and weather station at his elementary Scholastic Book Fair. After reading into the hows and whys of atmospheric science, he quickly became interested and gained his new passion.

Chance joined the ABC17 Stormtrack Weather Team in February of 2021. He is currently the weekday Noon Meteorologist.

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Jessica Hafner

Jessica Hafner returned to ABC 17 News as chief meteorologist in 2019 after working here under Sharon Ray from 2014 to 2016.

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Nate Splater

Nate forecasts on the weekend edition of ABC 17 News This Morning on KMIZ and FOX 22, KQFX.

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