Record low temps forecast

Martha Sparks msparks@civitasmedia.com

January 5, 2014

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting hazardous weather temperatures to enter the area Sunday night, along with several inches of snow accumulation.

Although no weather advisories have been issued as of presstime for Logan County, a hazardous weather outlook by the National Weather Service says that winter weather advisories may be needed Sunday night into Monday due to several inches of snow. The NWS forecasts bitterly cold air to move into the area Sunday night and linger through dawn Wednesday. Gusty winds Sunday night into Tuesday or Tuesday night will likely create wind chills well below zero at times. Wind chill advisories or warnings will likely be posted.

Due to the extreme cold below zero temperatures predicted for Monday night Pride will open a warming center for those in need. The warming center will be located in the dining room of the PRIDE building on Stratton Street in Logan. LEAD Community Organization volunteers, along with volunteers from the Vet Center and Suffer the Children Ministries, will be stationed for the entire event and warm meals will be served throughout the evening. The warming center will be open from 2 p.m. Mon., Jan. 6, until 10 a.m. Tues., Jan. 7.

Organizers say the warming center will be open to anyone in need.

Nick Ferrell, a fireman with the Logan Fire Department, offered a few safety tips to remember while keeping warm.

Ferrell said to use caution when using kerosene heaters or electrical space heaters and to keep combustible items away from the heaters.

“Make sure there are no blankets, pillows or anything like that near the heaters,” Ferrell said. “And make sure smoke detectors and CO2 monitors are working.”

Ferrell said to use caution when refilling kerosene heaters and to make sure that the right fuel is being used to fill the tank.

“We’ve had some instances where people have filled them up with gasoline,” Ferrell said.

If the electricity goes out, and you have to use candles for light, Ferrell said the same rule applies to candles as it does for heaters.

“The thing about candles is that people leave them lit when they go to sleep and let them burn down or tip over,” Ferrell said. Ferrell said candles need to be extinguished before going to sleep.

Ferrell said to keep an eye out for your neighbors, especially the elderly.

“At least see them or talk to them once a day to make sure they have food and sufficient heat,” Ferrell said.

Ferrell recommends caution when walking on icy steps or sidewalks.

“Keep the steps and sidewalks salted, or use kitty litter which helps give traction,” Ferrell said.

Ferrell also recommended kitty litter, along with a shovel, stowed in a vehicle will help stuck vehicles get moving again. If you get stuck in a vehicle, Ferrell said to keep an emergency kit that includes a blanket, flashlight and batteries, along with some non-perishable food and water.

“If you keep the motor running to keep warm, crack a rear window or passenger window to allow fresh air in,” Ferrell said

As of Saturday evening, the NWS weather forecast for the next few days is:

• Sunday — Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon.

• Sunday Night — Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 3am. Low around 16. Light and variable wind becoming west 12 to 17 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

• Monday — A chance of snow showers, mainly before 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 18. Wind chill values as low as -13. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

• Monday Night — A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -4. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

• Tuesday — Mostly sunny, with a high near 13.

• Tuesday Night — Mostly clear, with a low around 9.

• Wednesday — Partly sunny, with a high near 32.

• Wednesday Night — Cloudy, with a low around 22.