Early Monday air temperature sinks below -10

Brutally cold air will leave the KVOE listening area this week, but not before adjusting lives and schedules Sunday and Monday.

Air temperatures sank to -13 with wind chills down to -28 in Emporia early Monday, so wind chill warnings and advisories blanket the area until noon.

It's the coldest air to hit Kansas in years. Low temperatures sank to minus-8 on Feb. 10, 2011, according to the National Weather Service. They also bottomed out at minus-11 on Jan. 9, 2010 and at minus-16 on Jan. 4, 1959. The Weather Service does not have cold-weather records for Emporia from 1980 to 1996.

Numerous school districts have either cancelled classes for Monday or delayed them to avoid the worst of the cold, and several area schools canceled worship services Sunday.

ValuNet field operations manager Dean Cape and CableONE manager Joe Michaels say their companies have made adjustments to keep employees and equipment safe.

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Through the day, KVOE will be talking with workers who have to be out in the brutal cold. And humans won't be the only ones to suffer. The David Traylor Zoo has been making preparations the past few days, according to Director Lisa Keith.

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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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