Light snowfall Saturday is setting the stage for a frigid night Sunday.
Overnight lows could approach -10 and wind chills could go below -25, and a wind chill warning is now in effect from 6 pm Sunday to noon Monday for Lyon and most surrounding counties.
The KVOE Studios received 1.5 inches of fresh snowfall overnight, with Emporia seeing 2 inches overall. Osage City saw the most for the area at 2.3 inches. National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Wolters says the heaviest snow fell between 6 and 9 pm last night.
Wolters says the wind chills will be the second part of a one-two winter punch, and should be taken seriously.
Flint Hills Community Health Center-Lyon County Health Department spokesperson Jacque Ambrose says we don't often think about things like hypothermia and frostbite, but they are possible with wind chills as bitter as forecasted.
If you must travel, have an emergency kit in case your vehicle shuts down.
Humans won't be the only ones to suffer from the cold. The David Traylor Zoo has been making preparations the past few days, according to Director Lisa Keith.
Speaking of animals, don't forget your four-legged friends. If you have outside pets, bring them indoors if possible. Otherwise make sure they have a sturdy shelter, with hay or straw lining the inside, and that they have plenty of food and water on hand.
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