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Bitter cold temperatures expected across central U.S.

By The Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Bitter cold temperatures and dangerous wind chill levels are expected across much of the central United States at the start of the week.

The National Weather Service has issued wind chill warnings for Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri at least through Monday because a blast of arctic air will dominate the weather in the region. Several inches of snow is also expected to fall across much of Kansas and Missouri overnight Sunday and on Monday.

Forecasters warn that wind chill levels could fall below -40 degrees in parts of Nebraska and Iowa on Monday morning, creating concerns about frostbite and hypothermia for anyone out in the cold for long periods.

Some school districts in Kansas and Nebraska canceled classes Monday because of the extremely cold forecast.

“We want to remind people that frostbite can occur very quickly in these conditions,” National Weather Service meteorologist Hallie Bova said.