Chilly, but sunny on this first day of 2016 - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Chilly, but sunny on this first day of 2016

The NWS projects the Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau will crest at 50 feet in early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 3. That's 1.5 feet more than the 1993 record. The NWS projects the Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau will crest at 50 feet in early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 3. That's 1.5 feet more than the 1993 record.

Happy New Year! It's January 1, 2016!

First Alert Weather: Brian Alworth's First Alert Forecast calls for a chilly but sunny day with highs of 37 degrees north to 44 degrees south.

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Voluntary Flood Evacuations: Several southern Illinois towns and county officials are urging residents in low lying areas to evacuate as the flood waters rise. Emergency evacuations are under way in Alexander County. City officials in McClure declared a state of emergency Thursday night.

Flood Fight Continues: As flood-weary towns near St. Louis began to regroup from record high water, Mississippi River communities farther south brace for the peak of flooding that has already damaged hundreds of homes and businesses and killed nearly two dozen people.

A record crest is expected in Cape Girardeau. The river is projected to crest Saturday morning 1.5 higher than the 1993 record. The city is not considered endangered.

However, it appears the Corps of Engineers will not need to blast a hole in the Birds Point waterway as it did in 2011.

Find complete coverage of the New Year Flood at www.kfvs12.com/newyearflood.

Flooded roads: Dozens of roads remain flooded in the Heartland. See a list here.

Missing Woman: A missing Herrin, Illinois woman has been added to the National Crime Information Center Database as a missing person.

Medal of Honor accused in hit and run: Medal of Honor recipient Kyle Carpenter has been arrested for a hit-and-run incident on Dec. 8.

Towering Inferno: Video shows a towering inferno that engulfed a 63-story luxury hotel in Dubai on New Year's Eve. It burned on into the first morning of 2016 as firefighters tried to douse the flames Friday.

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