Arctic air will be surging into Missouri for the start of the work week.
The National Weather Service reports strong northwest winds will produce near blizzard conditions due to blowing and drifting snow this evening. The danger from blowing and drifting snow will subside later tonight but temperatures will continue to plummet.
This bitter cold combined with the strong winds will drop wind chills to dangerous levels tonight and Monday, and it now appears that the dangerous cold will linger into Monday night and Tuesday.
This will be some of the coldest weather in several decades for Missouri.
The National Weather Service has issued the following advisory:
...WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT...
...WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON CST TUESDAY...
A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS THAT 6 INCHES OR MORE OF SNOW IS EXPECTED. THE RAPID ACCUMULATION OF SNOW WILL MAKE TRAVEL EXTREMELY DIFFICULT... IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE. IF TRAVEL IS NECESSARY... MAKE SURE TO EXERCISE CAUTION. BEGIN YOUR TRAVEL WITH A TANK FULL OF GAS... AND CARRY A WINTER STORM KIT WHICH INCLUDES A SHOVEL... FLASHLIGHT... CELLPHONE... AND BLANKETS PLUS DRESS IN EXTRA WARM CLOTHING.
A WIND CHILL WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN A STRONG WIND COMBINES WITH VERY LOW TEMPERATURES TO CREATE LIFE-THREATENING CONDITIONS. THE COLD AIR AND WIND WILL MAKE IT FEEL LIKE IT IS 25 DEGREES BELOW ZERO OR COLDER FOR SEVERAL HOURS. THOSE PLANNING TO VENTURE OUTDOORS SHOULD BE CERTAIN TO DRESS PROPERLY... WITH SEVERAL LAYERS OF LIGHT WEIGHT...LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING AND MAKING SURE THAT ALL EXPOSED SKIN IS COVERED.