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Thousands lose power as sub-zero temperatures grip Kansas City area

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Temperatures read negative nine degrees on Monday, the second coldest New Year’s Day in Kansas City history. Wind chills were over 20-degrees below zero. (KCTV5) Temperatures read negative nine degrees on Monday, the second coldest New Year’s Day in Kansas City history. Wind chills were over 20-degrees below zero. (KCTV5)
A Wind Chill Warning has been issued for the Kansas City area until noon on Monday. A Wind Chill Advisory will take effect at noon and will last until noon on Tuesday. (KCTV5) A Wind Chill Warning has been issued for the Kansas City area until noon on Monday. A Wind Chill Advisory will take effect at noon and will last until noon on Tuesday. (KCTV5)
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Temperatures read 11-degrees below zero on Monday, the second coldest New Year’s Day in Kansas City history. Wind chills were over 20-degrees below zero.

As the frigid cold temperatures rocked the metro, multiple power outages caused issues for those living in the area.

Kansas City Power and Light sent crews to restore power for 3,112 people in the area of NW Barry Road and NW Waukomis Drive. Power has been restored.

KCP&L is currently working to restore power to 1,485 people in northwestern Missouri.

Earlier in the morning, crews assisted 1,856 people who had lost power near Missouri-7 Highway, north of Interstate 70. Their power has been restored.

Blue Springs resident Donte Ross says his lights went off at about 7 a.m. on Monday.

"The temperature is starting to drop in the house, probably eight degrees in the last hour or so," Ross said. "We’re about to pack up just in case things aren’t on soon and head over to my mother’s house.”

KCP&L reported that 1,006 people were without power in Shawnee. Those customers, who live between Shawnee Mission Parkway and Lamar Avenue and between 63rd Street and Mission Road, have had their power restored.

In St. Joseph, 2,500 people lost power. Their power has been restored.

Independence Power and Light reported early Monday morning that 1,077 people were without power in the area of MO-291 Highway and U.S. Route 24. Those customers have had their power restored.

Chris Smith lives in Independence and says he lost power a little before 5 a.m.

“It’s kind of cold. It’s freezing," Smith said. “I’m a plumber too, so if we don’t hurry up then there will be a bunch of frozen pipes. That’s our problem right now.”

Smith says he is going to the store to buy a heater.

A Wind Chill Warning has been issued for the Kansas City area until noon on Monday. A Wind Chill Advisory will take effect at noon and will last until noon on Tuesday.

A Winter Weather Advisory also goes into effect Monday afternoon for a number of counties east and northeast of Kansas City.

It was issued because there could be a very small amount of freezing drizzle mixed with some light snow. This combination, along with the below-freezing temperatures, could result in a light glaze on roads, bridges and overpasses.

"Not a lot but could still cause big problems," StormTrack5 meteorologist Brett Anthony said.

Of course, the other big story is the cold for New Year's Day.

The National Weather Service issued wind chill advisories covering a vast area from South Texas all the way to Canada and from Montana and Wyoming in the west through New England to the northern tip of Maine.

Dangerously low temperatures enveloped eight Midwest states including parts of Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Nebraska along with nearly all of Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota.

The weather service said a temperature of 15 below zero (-9.44 Celsius) was recorded in Omaha before midnight Sunday, breaking a record low dating back to 1884.

As the cold settles over the metro, experts want people to remember that the chilly temperatures can be dangerous.

Experts say, with the current conditions, 10 minutes is all that is needed for frostbite to set in.

Here are the warning signs of frostbite.


Pale or waxy white or gray skin.

Numbness.

Tingling or stinging sensation.

Aching.


Experts also warn about the dangers of hypothermia, which is life-threatening.

Here are the warning signs of hypothermia


Uncontrollable shivering.

A glassy stare.

Impaired judgment.

Drowsiness.

Slow or slurred speech.


For those who need a place to get inside and warm up, Kansas City area YMCA’s are openings their doors as a warming center.

Here is a list of warming centers throughout the metro.

Remember, you can stay on top of winter weather that moves through the metro with our StormTrack weather app. It lets you track the storms as they head your way. It also provides the latest weather alerts.

Text the word "StormTrack5" to 23765. You'll get a link to download the app for free. You can also click here to download.

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