Leavenworth County did not experience any major emergencies during the recent cold weather. But the county's emergency management director is still urging people to be prepared before they head outdoors in frigid temperatures.

Leavenworth County did not experience any major emergencies during the recent cold weather. But the county's emergency management director is still urging people to be prepared before they head outdoors in frigid temperatures.

"It has been extremely cold," Leavenworth County Emergency Management Director Chuck Magaha said.

A windchill advisory was in effect during the New Year's holiday weekend as high temperatures were in the single digits and lows dropped below zero.

Magaha said people need to dress for winter weather. In addition to bundling up themselves, people need to make sure their children also are dressed warmly before they go outside.

Magaha said animals also need adequate shelter as well as food and water.

"If you're uncomfortable outside, they're uncomfortable outside," he said of pets.

Magaha recommended people fill up the fuel tanks on their vehicles to avoid running out of gas while out in the cold.

Kim Buchanan, deputy director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management, said space heaters should be plugged directly into an outlet rather than an extension cord.

But Magaha cautions against overloading electrical outlets with space heaters.

Magaha said space heaters should be monitored while they are in use. People should keep clothing and other combustible materials away from the heaters.

Temperatures warmed up into the 20s Tuesday in Leavenworth.

Today may not be as warm. But weather conditions likely will warm up later in the week, according to a National Weather Service forecast.

The high Sunday will be near 44 degrees in Leavenworth. There will be a 50 percent chance of rain and snow Sunday, according to the NWS forecast.

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