DECATUR — Near-record low temperatures are possible this weekend as a cold front moves into the region, according to the National Weather Service in Lincoln.
“Bitterly cold air will plunge into the Midwest this weekend, and linger through Tuesday morning,” the weather service said, issuing a hazardous weather outlook for the area.
“Dangerously cold wind chills” are possible each night with Sunday and Monday being the coldest capable of producing near-record low temperatures, according to a statement from the service.
The countries under the outlook include: Cass, Christian, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fulton, Jasper, Lawrence, Logan, Macon, Mason, Menard, Morgan, Moultrie, Piatt, Richland, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott and Shelby.
Light snow is forecast for Friday with an expectation of a dusting to 2 inches of snow falling, according to the National Weather Service. Less snow is expected for more southern parts of the state.
“Patchy freezing drizzle could develop this evening, mainly south of Springfield to Mattoon, which could aggravate the slippery road conditions,” the service said.
The wind chill may fall to 10 to 20 degrees below zero from Saturday to Tuesday, according to the outlook.
“Due to the extended cold snap, plan to reduce time spent outdoors from Saturday to Tuesday,” the service said. “Cover as much exposed skin as possible when outside and wear multiple layers to protect from the cold.”
The service also suggests checking on the elderly and pets that spend time outdoors.
Sunday and Monday nights are expected to be the coldest. From Rushville to Bloomington, wind chill temperatures could approach 30 degrees below zero.
“Frostbite can occur in less than 30 minutes under those conditions,” the service said.
The following warming centers are available for people in Macon County.
Decatur Civic Center, 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza
- Sunday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Friday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Oasis Day Center, 243 W. Cerro Gordo St.
- 7 days a week, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Decatur-Macon County Senior Center, 1430 N. 22nd St.
- Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Macon County Department of Human Services, 707 E. Wood St.
- Monday-Friday, 8:30-5 p.m.
Good Samaritan Inn, 920 N. Union St.
- Hot meals served daily 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., seven days a week
Salvation Army, 137 S. Church St.
- Men’s overnight shelter
- 30 "cold cots" available through April, depending on weather
- Doors open at 4 p.m., closes for day at 7 a.m.
Forsyth Public Library, 268 S. Elwood
- Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Wednesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Sunday, closed
Community Center, 10539 S. Woodcock
- Closed Friday-Monday (Dec. 29-Jan. 1)
- Reopens Tuesday (Jan. 2), 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
- Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Oreana/Whitmore Community Center, 407 S View St.
- Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 4p.m.
- By request, call Annie Kerby (217) 853-2339
Village Hall, 155 Main St.
- Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.