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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Brutal cold coming this weekend and next week

  • Cold that hasn't been felt in nearly 20 years is coming this weekend and into next week.
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  • Cold that hasn't been felt in nearly 20 years is coming this weekend and into next week. This is the Special Weather Statement from the National Weather Service:
     
    ...BRUTALLY COLD WINTER STORM COMING IN LATE THIS WEEKEND...
     
    GET READY FOR ANOTHER WINTER STORM...AND THIS ONE WILL BRING
    BRUTAL ARCTIC COLD NOT FELT HERE FOR YEARS. THIS SYSTEM COMES IN
    SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY WITH SNOW...OR RAIN CHANGING TO
    SNOW...THEN THE BRUTAL ARCTIC COLD COMES IN SUNDAY NIGHT AND
    MONDAY.
     
    WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TEMPERATURES GOING BELOW FREEZING SUNDAY
    NIGHT...AND STAYING BELOW FREEZING FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK. AND
    NOT JUST BELOW FREEZING...BUT WAY BELOW!
     
    HIGH TEMPERATURES ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY...THE COLDEST DAYS OF THE
    WEEK...ARE FORECAST IN THE SINGLE DIGITS AND TEENS. LOW
    TEMPERATURES DURING THIS TIME WILL BE NEAR ZERO OR EVEN IN THE
    NEGATIVE NUMBERS. ADD A LITTLE WIND TO THESE TEMPERATURES ON
    MONDAY AND TUESDAY...AND YOU HAVE WIND CHILL READINGS FROM MINUS
    10 TO MINUS 20 AT TIMES.
     
    A LOOK AT THE RECORD BOOKS SHOWS YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE WINTER
    OF 1995-1996 FOR COLD OF THIS MAGNITUDE. STORM REPORTS REVEAL A
    HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE THAT WE WOULD DO WELL TO REMEMBER THIS TIME
    AROUND...SO LET`S LOOK BACK AT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED
    THEN WHEN A SIMILAR SYSTEM HIT THE AREA:
     
    *SCORES OF PEOPLE WERE DEALING WITH DEAD CAR BATTERIES
     
    *NUMEROUS WATER LINES BURST...BOTH IN HOMES AND EVEN MAIN TOWN
    SUPPLIES
     
    *OVERWORKED FURNACES RESULTED IN OUTAGES
     
    *NATURAL GAS SHORTAGES WERE REPORTED DUE TO DWINDLING SUPPLIES
    FROM PROLONGED COLD AND THE FREEZING UP OF GAS WELLS IN SOME
    LOCALES
     
    *LOCAL POWER COMPANIES SET ALL TIME USAGE HIGHS
     
    *HOUSE FIRES RESULTED AS SOME TRIED TO THAW THEIR PIPES
     
    *ICE JAMS ON RIVERS...WHICH CAUSED BARGE TRAFFIC TO BACK UP AND
    EVEN CAUSED THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER TO RISE FURTHER SOUTH
    DOWNSTREAM. WHEN THE ICE BROKE DAYS LATER...MANY BARGES BROKE OFF
    THEIR MOORINGS AND HAD TO BE ROUNDED UP BY THE COAST GUARD. IN
    ADDITION...RIVER NAVIGATIONAL AIDS WERE DISPLACED OR DAMAGED BY
    THE ICE.
     
    IT WOULD SERVE US ALL WELL TO REMEMBER THIS HISTORY...AND TRY TO
    TAKE THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS NOW TO BE PREPARED FOR ANOTHER
    Page 2 of 2 - SIMILAR BRUTALLY COLD OUTBREAK. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THIS SYSTEM
    WILL ALSO PRODUCE SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL...ALTHOUGH THAT IS STILL
    TOO EARLY TO SAY FOR SURE AT THIS TIME.
     
    PREPARE NOW BECAUSE BARRING A MAJOR CHANGE TO THE FORECAST...THIS
    COLD IS COMING!

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