Daily brief (11/20): Top picks from the Springfield media

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 63. Wind chill values as low as 42 early.

With yesterday’s rain, temperatures hit the dew point overnight and thick dew and fog has formed.  This will be short lived and full sunshine will bring our highs back to the 60s this afternoon.

Tonight will be clear with a low around 39.

Wednesday will start with a wind chill value as low as 40, then sunny skies, with a high near 66.

Wednesday night will be mostly clear, with a low around 44.

Thanksgiving day will be partly sunny with a high around 69 and lows around 40. Rain will likely develop after noon in some areas and last into the evening.

Temperatures will drop considerably for Friday into the weekend with highs in the 50s and lows around 29.

Sunday, temperatures peak again at 58 with sunny skies.

Today’s picks

  • OzarksFirst: Programs to help local children to share $50,000. Local programs that help or support families with young children get a financial boost today.  The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is awarding $50,000 to seven organizations that offer training, tutoring, childcare and other resources. The money is going to groups that address so-called “red flag” issues that most endanger young children in the Ozarks.  Many help families deal with stressors that often lead to child abuse and neglect or impede learning in early childhood.
  • KY3: Gas prices jump in Springfield. Mo–Just in time for the Thanksgivingtravel weekend, a jump in gas prices in Springfield.  Many stations around town have increased the price for a gallon of regular unleaded by 12 cents. It’s now up to $3.17 a gallon with a couple of stations selling it for $3.19.  You still might get lucky and find a couple of places for $3.05. Gasbuddy.com shows the average in Missouri is at $3.09 with prices rising.
  • KSPR: CoxHealth trauma and injury prevention program. Falls are the number one cause of trauma in children and adults treated at CoxHealth‘s Level One Trauma Center, and the snow and ice we get in the winter makes falling outside much more likely. To avoid slips and falls:

• Assume that all wet, dark areas on pavements are slippery and icy, and approach with caution.

• Don’t wear shoes with smooth soles or heels. Wear shoes or boots with non-slip rubber or neoprene with grooved soles for the best traction.

• Use your vehicle for support when getting in and out of it.

• Walk in designated walkways.

• Point your feet out slightly like a penguin. This increases your center of gravity.

• Keep your hands out of your pockets so you can balance yourself, and catch yourself if you fall.

• The elderly should bring a cell phone or other type of communication device when going outside, even if it’s just to go to the mailbox. They will need to be able to call for help if they fall.

Cold weather can be dangerous – hypothermia can develop in temperatures as warm as 50 degrees.  It’s important to dress appropriately to avoid frostbite and hypothermia.

• Bundle up – wear a hat, scarf, mask or sleeves that are snug at the wrist, mittens, water-resistant coat and shoes, and layers of loose-fitting clothing.

• Hypothermia occurs when your body temperature drops below 95 degrees.

• Early signs/symptoms of hypothermia: shivering, confusion, fatigue, faster breathing, trouble speaking, increased heart rate.

• Frostbite occurs in stages, beginning with reddened skin that feels cold. Once the skin begins to turn white or very pale, feel deceptively warm, or you lose sensation in the affected area, you should seek immediate medical attention.

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