Dangerous cold blows in

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Stateline Area residents will get a little reprieve from the bitter cold today, but they should prepare for the worst as temperatures Sunday night will sink to 20 below zero with wind chill readings near 50 below.

In fact, the mercury will not rise above zero again until mid-week.

A 66-year-old man died in Milwaukee Friday morning and the bitter cold may be the cause of his death. He had a core body temperature of 45 degrees, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Residents also are reminded of the risk of frostbite and hypothermia. Frostbite can occur in less than 10 minutes when bare skin is exposed to extreme cold conditions. Symptoms of frostbite include loss of feeling and a pale color to skin on fingers, ears, nose and other exposed areas.

Symptoms of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness.

Residents should limit their time outdoors during these times of extreme cold and check on loved ones and elderly neighbors to make sure they are all right.

People also should check on pets and livestock during these cold conditions. It is recommended that pets be allowed indoors during extreme cold. Dogs and cats can suffer frostbite just as humans can. Dogs and cats also should not be left in cars during times of extreme cold.

High temperatures today are expected to reach the upper 20s, according to the National Weather Service. But it will be breezy with southwest winds at 15 to 25 mph and there is a 40 percent chance of light snow.

Tonight, temperatures will drop to around 1 below zero with northwest winds at 10 to 15 mph.

The bitter cold returns on Sunday with high temperatures only reaching 1, and wind chill readings dropping temperatures between 17 below and 27 below zero.

Sunday night will be worse with lows around 20 below and wind chill readings between 37 below and 47 below zero.

Monday highs will be around 14 below and Monday night lows will be around 18 below zero.

Tuesday highs will be around 3 below and lows Tuesday night will be around 8 below.

Wednesday will bring a 30 percent chance of light snow. Highs will be around 14. Wednesday night there is a 40 percent chance of light snow and lows will be around 10.

Thursday there is a 20 percent chance of light snow with highs in the mid 20s. Thursday night lows will be around 12.

Friday will bring temperatures in the upper 20s.

Several area communities have warming centers available for people who need temporary shelter.

In South Beloit, two emergency warming centers have been established. They are:

• South Beloit City Hall, 519 Blackhawk Blvd.

• The Sand Castle Community Center, 201 S. Eighth St.

If a South Beloit resident is in need of a temporary warming facility, they should call City Hall during normal business hours at 815-389-3023. After hours, South Beloit residents can call the South Beloit Fire Department at 815-389-3097.

Rockton Village President Dale Adams said the village never has received a request for temporary shelter in extreme cold, so there are no set locations that are designated warming centers in the village. However, he said if there were a request for temporary shelter, the village would work with people to try to provide that assistance.

In Boone County, three areas have been established as warming centers, all in Belvidere. They are:

• The Keen Age Center, 2141 Henry Luckow Lane, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 815-544-9893.

• The Salvation Army, 422 S. Main St., 9 - 11:45 a.m. and 1 - 4 p.m. 815-544-3892.

• The Belvidere Public Safety Building, 615 N. Main St., seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Winnebago County has nine warming centers, most of which are in Rockford. They are:

• Carpenter’s Place, 1149 Railroad Ave., Rockford, 8:15 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. 815-964-4105.

• Winnebago County Justice Center, 650 W. State St., Rockford. Lobby is open 24 hours, seven days a week.

• Women’s Crisis Center, 809 Cedar St., Rockford. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. seven days a week, women and children only. 815-986-0393.

• Public Safety Building, 420 W. State St., Rockford. Lobby is open 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Rockford Rescue Mission, 715 W. State St., Rockford. Open 24 hours seven days a week. 815-965-5332.

• Pecatonica Village Hall, 405 Main St., Pecatonica. Open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Village of Machesney Park, 300 Roosevelt Road, Machesney Park. Open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Harlem Community Center, 900 Roosevelt Road, Machesney Park. Open 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Bay View Community Room, 238 Northway Park Road, Machesney Park. Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In Rock County, several areas have been welcoming people in need of temporary shelter. They include:

• St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1000 Bluff St., Beloit. Overnight Facility, 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. 608-362-8595

• The Overflowing Cup, 310 State St., Beloit. Daytime facility, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 608-365-0365

• The Sparrows Nest, 1816 Harrison Ave., Beloit. Overnight Facility, after 5 p.m. only. 608-362-8215

• House of Mercy, 320 Lincoln St., Janesville. Overnight Facility. Must register over the phone by 6 p.m. 608-754-0045

• The Shelter (Men Only), 407 W. VanBuren St., Janesville, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. 608-931-9085

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