Extreme cold brings hazards

12 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 14

The National Weather Service warns our area will continue to experience bitterly cold temperatures through Tuesday. A wind chill advisory is in effect right now. And a wind chill warning goes into effect at 6 p.m. today until noon Tuesday.

Forecasters warn that temperatures will remain in the range of 5 degrees to -25 degrees through Tuesday night. However, wind chills could reach -20 to -40 degrees, especially Monday and Tuesday mornings around 6 to 7 a.m.

With record-level cold temperatures and peak energy usage, OPPD asks customers to conserve energy, when possible. Visit OPPD.com/ee for energy efficiency tips and information.

Over the next several days, there’s a high risk of frostbite and hypothermia, especially in the moring. Remember, cold exposure for outdoor animals or animals spending too much time outside, can lead to hypothermia.  Slippery roads will also be an issue in Southeast Nebraska on Sunday.

If you should experience a power outage, please report it online or by calling 1-800-554-OPPD (6773). Our crews will be ready to respond.




About Jodi Baker

Jodi Baker writes stories and shoots videos for The Wire. Jodi was a television news reporter before she came to work for OPPD as a media specialist in 2013. She's married with two teenagers (a boy and a girl), who keep her and her husband, Dave, hopping. Busy and blessed.