Rule of Thumb-If it's too cold for you outside, it's probably too cold for your pets. Dogs and cats can usually do better than you outdoors, but freezing weather can still lead to frostbite and hypothermia in a matter of minutes.
Many area lakes or ponds are used for winter recreational activities. Youngsters are easily attracted to ice covered private ponds for skating and playing. The Missouri State Highway Patrol has some tips to use in around water during the cold weather months.