ST. LOUIS — The bone-jarring cold will extend into Valentine's Day as temperatures have plummeted in the region.
The temperatures Thursday night bottomed out at 5 degrees, leading into a sunny, chilly Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
National Weather Service meteorologist Jayson Gosselin said a wind chill of minus 5 to 10 degrees was expected early Friday morning.
"It will feel maybe colder than it normally would," Gosselin said, "because it's been so warm in December, January and February. It wouldn't feel so bad if we'd had a normal winter, so it's a little bit of a shock."
The city of St. Louis is providing about 240 additional overflow beds to the homeless, mayor's office spokesman Jacob Long said, in addition to the more than 900 shelter beds already provided.
Friday will see a low of 21 degrees and a high of 27, with much calmer winds than the gusts experienced on Thursday, according to the weather service.
Saturday is expected to warm up to 45 degrees and the temperature is forecast to reach the 50s by Monday.
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