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Public Libraries To Act As Warming Centers

Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 3:09 pm

By Ethan Colbert

bgted@lcs.net

 

Those needing to escape the chilly temperatures forecasted for Wednesday, January 30, may find relief inside the Bowling Green Public Library and the City of Louisiana’s Public Library.

According to information posted on the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website, the local libraries will be open during their regular business hours for anyone, including non-members, to use the library’s facilities.

The Bowling Green Public Library, located on West Locust Street, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Louisiana Public Library, located on North Third 3rd Street, will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

If the need arises, additional warming centers may be opened in the county, according to various government officials.

The National Weather Service in St. Louis is forecasting temperatures Wednesday morning to be around zero degrees, with a wind chill of negative 30 degrees. The weather service is also warning that strong gusts of winds are possible with gusts topping out around 30 miles per hour.

Temperatures are expected to stay near zero Wednesday afternoon and evening. Forecast models are showing that temperatures will actually dip below zero degrees Wednesday evening and that the wind chill will make it feel as if it is 15 degrees below zero.

Health officials are warning that skin exposed to the elements can begin to show symptoms of frostbite if left uncovered.

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