Area braces for cold

With the coldest weather in years expected to descend on Iola tonight, the Iola Police Department is preparing for power outages.
Chief of Police Jared Warner told the Register that anyone who loses power during the cold snap is welcome to call the department at 365-4960, or stop by City Hall.
The police department will then contact the Neosho Valley chapter of the American Red Cross so that temporary housing arrangements may be made.
“We’ll handle the calls on a case-by-case basis, unless there’s a massive power outage,” Warner said. “In that case, we’ll work with Red Cross to set up a shelter.”
Snowy weather this evening is expected to be followed by temperatures near zero with north wind gusts of up to 35 mph, creating bitterly cold wind chills. The coldest temperatures are expected to persist through Friday.
There may be a light on the horizon. Forecasters are calling for temperatures to get back into the 20s by Sunday, and perhaps near or above freezing by early next week.