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February 6, 2014

Bitter cold to continue into next week

PHILADELPHIA — As bitter cold grips the region, the Empire District Electric Co., based in Joplin, has issued a peak advisory for this morning because of high demand.

Empire requests customers reduce consumption through 11 a.m. today.  Suggestions for reducing consumption include:   

• Setting thermostats to 65 degrees or as low as comfortable.

• Turning off or unplugging computers, monitors, printers and televisions during periods of non-use.  

• Turning off nonessential lights.

• Postponing all nonessential energy use.

Customers who are elderly or have medical conditions complicated by the cold should not lower their thermostat.

Empire, with approximately 217,000 customers in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. said the voluntary actions will help hold down fuel costs for customers.

The National Weather Service forecast office in Springfield, said wind chills will fall into the single digits tonight through Friday morning. It will range in the single digits to around zero on a nightly basis through early next week.

A weak storm system will bring a chance for light snow Friday night. Less than an inch of accumulation is expected.

Another storm system will bring the potential for accumulating snow to the area early next week. The track and strength of the storm is uncertain at this time.

 

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