INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Some kids will be enjoying an extra day of winter break on Monday, but the cold is downright dangerous for others who have been doing everything to hide from it.
Temperatures are so cold in the metro that a person could suffer from frost bite in just 10 minutes.
On Sunday there was a big disparity in how some people view this winter weather. With snow on the ground, true winter warriors were out enjoying the weather by playing in the snow.
“Last day before school starts again, so make the most of it,” said Sam Derning, who spent Sunday in the snow.
However some in the metro are struggling without a place to stay warm.
“Because of the cold, I was very afraid,” said Alicia Moorman, the mother of one-year-old Xyaire.
Moorman and her son are homeless, and this cold weather could be deadly.
“Right now we are just trying to find a safe situation, in from the cold,” said Moorman.
She and her son are taking advantage of the Salvation Army’s Warming Center in Independence, Mo. Moorman said she has been homeless since she took maternity leave from her job at Burger King, back when she was just seven months pregnant, and Xyaire has just celebrated his first birthday.
The Warming Center is open through Tuesday night, and Moorman said she wants her and her son to stay until then.
“It`s very, very scary. I worry about my son`s health and wellbeing,” said Moorman. “My son would probably be sick, no food, nowhere to lay our heads, it would be very cold.”
Moorman said she doesn`t know where they will go after that.
“So it`s a huge worry. It scares me half to death,” she said.
As of Sunday there was still room at the Salvation Army for anyone who needed a place to stay. To take advantage of the warming shelters, people must submit to a drug test and Breathalyzer, and also have a social security number and valid I.D.