A blast of brutally frigid air will affect the Twin Tiers through Saturday. Temperatures Thursday afternoon will range from the single digits to low teens, with wind chills between zero and 15 below in most places.
The coldest air will arrive by Friday morning and last through Saturday morning. Temperatures both Friday morning and Saturday morning will drop to 5 below to as low as 15 below in the Twin Tiers. Wind chills could fall into the -20s Friday morning and Saturday morning. Daytime temperatures will rise only into the mid single digits Friday and into the upper single digits to 10 degrees Saturday. By comparison, Sunday will seem like a heat wave as highs rise into the low 20s.
Here's how you can stay safe...
- Frostbite is an injury to the body caused by freezing body tissue. The extremities such as fingers, toes, ears, or the tip of the nose are usually the first to see the effects. Symptoms include numbness and a white or pale appearance. Seek medical attention immediately.
- Hypothermia is abnormally low body temperature (below 95 degrees fahrenheit). Warning signs include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. Seek medical attention immediately.
Layers, Layers, Layers:
- Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm, water repellant clothing.
- Wear a hat, because 40% of your body heat can be lost from you head (I guess we're all a little hot headed!).
- Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
- Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves.
- Try to stay dry and out of the wind.