IT’S COLD OUTSIDE!!!!!!!!
It only takes five minutes to receive frostbite in the kind of temperatures Boonville is experiencing. According to weather officials, it has not been this cold for at least a couple decades.
Area residents awoke to temperatures in the negatives as a frigid arctic zone placed itself over the Midwest. With wind chill warnings in effect until Tuesday morning, Cooper County officials warned individuals to stay inside.
"With the cold weather it is recommended that if you must drive take a good emergency kit with you. We would urge people to stay inside and off the roadways if possible," Boonville Police Chief Bobby Welliver said.
Cooper County Emergency Operations Center Director Tom White added some additional thoughts if individuals have to travel in the extreme cold.
"Since it is seriously cold outside, dress in layers and use the buddy system to tell friends where you are going," White said.
Because of the extreme cold the Cooper County Public Health Center is currently closed along with area schools. The Boonville City Council meeting, which was scheduled for tonight was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions and the limited number of agenda items.
"We will likely pick up the necessary business from the agenda on Monday, January 13, as a budget work session is being planned for that date," Boonville City Clerk Mary McAllister stated.
Boonville city crews were out clearing roads once the snow began Saturday night into Sunday afternoon.
"We went back to clear some roads once again this morning at 4 a.m. because of the drifting of snow," Boonville Public Works Director M.L. Cauthon said.
Cauthon said crews were clearing the Jesse Viertal Memorial Airport Monday morning.
Another concern with the dangerously low temperatures has been freezing water lines. According to Cauthon, his office has received a number of calls pertaining to frozen water lines but no major main has busted within the city at the time of this article.
White said there was an water main break in the county early this morning.
Throughout the day Monday, temperatures are expected to be near zero with wind chills staying 15-24 below zero.
"This does not look like this will go away any time soon," White said.
White added more snow is possible on Wednesday.
For updates on current conditions in the county, White urges people to sign up at nixle.com for text alerts or emails.