Deep cold on the way to St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- After a warm start to the week, St. Louisans need to be prepared for a major change in the weather. Monday is a windy and warm day with highs near 70°. A strong cold front pushes towards St. Louis overnight. Clouds will increase out ahead of it and temperatures will drop into the low 40°s. There could be some spot sprinkles or a rain shower early Tuesday.

The real story is the change in temperatures. Temps hold steady early Tuesday then fall through the afternoon as gusty northwest winds take control. By the time we wake up Wednesday morning, temperatures will be in the mid to upper 20°s.

We are in the deep cold for the rest of the week and into the weekend. For the record, normal highs for this time of year should be around 60° and normal lows around 40°.

With the cold weather settling in, it good to be reminded of some home safety tips. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away portable space heaters, fireplaces, or wood-burning stoves. Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. And make sure your carbon monoxide and smoke alarms have working batteries. Check on your neighbors and family members if you know the sometimes struggle to stay warm or pay utility bills.

Also, be sure to leave dogs or cats indoors when the temperature drops.

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