Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Word for Weather Is Brrrrrreathtaking

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Word for Weather Is Brrrrrreathtaking

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Rich Logeais is feeling Minnesota these days. The Minneapolis resident and his wife jumped in their car and drove here for their son's graduation Sunday at the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

On Saturday, Logeais took advantage of the heated indoor swimming pool at the Holiday Inn, 4545 North Lindbergh Boulevard. That was his way of ignoring the frigid arctic air that has gripped St. Louis and the rest of the Midwest.

"I came here hoping to get away from all of this," he said. "It's as bad here as it is in Minnesota. It took a long time to drive here, especially through parts of Iowa." Much of the central United States Saturday has been cloaked by wintry temperatures and snow, claiming at least 31 lives altogether since hitting the region Thursday. In the St. Louis area, authorities reported no new deaths Saturday. Three men have died, one Thursday and two Friday, while shoveling snow. Temperatures averaged 30 degrees Fahrenheit, lower than usual for this time of year, across the region. Wind chills of 81 below zero were reported in North Dakota. In less than seven days, St. Louisans have seen temperatures reach 72 on Jan. 4 and then dip down the single digits. The normal temperatures for this time of year range between the upper 3 0s and lower 20s. Sunday's temperatures will barely get into the double digits by noon and should dip down to zero overnight. It'll warm up next week, but we'll still see - and feel - biting cold winds and below- freezing temperatures. "You will have a gradual warming," said Ann Gagen of WeatherData Inc. "For Sunday it will be around 12 and Monday it will get up to around 15. For Tuesday 22 and expect it to reach 25 by Wednesday." Friday and Saturday, the Auto Club of Missouri responded to 3,000 calls of stalled vehicles, said Wayne Young, director of member services. Frozen doors, flat tires and corroded battery cables were only a few of the motorists' troubles, he said. …

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