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The Midwest and south-central U.S are blanketed with an Arctic chill, and the National Weather Service says at Lake of the Ozarks, the unusual cold will continue into next week. Wind chill values falling to near 10 below zero are expected Friday night at the Lake.

Those sub-zero wind chills will continue through Monday night, with overnight lows in the single digits above and below zero, the NWS predicts. While some light snow is possible Saturday, the NWS says heavier snow is possible Sunday and Monday. The Lake area could see several inches of accumulation, with wind chills in the negative 10 to negative 20 range possible through Monday night.

The Lake area isn’t expected to thaw until next weekend; before then, another round of snow is possible on Wednesday, Feb. 17, but the NWS says confidence is lower about the track of that storm system.

A Wind Chill Advisory is in place throughout most of Missouri tonight. The NWS warns prolonged exposure could cause damage to exposed skin in 30 minutes or less. The cold air will impact young livestock and pets that are not protected or given shelter.

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