How to Stay Safe in the Bitter Cold
Temperatures will be in the single digits tonight.
Some have called this cold snap Freezageddon. Although it's been an efficient way to chill my beer in a hurry, I would like to convince my dog to walk herself, at least first thing in the morning.
Temperatures will dip into the sub-zero category for the next few nights, and wind chill well make it feel even colder, during the day. Friday's threat of snow is still looming.
Your weather outlook, through Monday:
- Thursday Sunny, with a high near 19. Wind chill values as low as -12. Northwest wind 6 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.
- Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around -1. Wind chill values as low as -8. Northwest wind 5 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.
- Friday Increasing clouds, with a high near 20. Wind chill values as low as -8. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph.
- Friday Night A chance of snow, mainly after 10 p.m. Cloudy, with a low around 9. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
- Saturday A chance of snow, mainly before 8 a.m. Patchy fog before 1 p.m. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 23. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.
- Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 6.
- Sunday Sunny, with a high near 26.
- Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 9.
- Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 34.
Here are some common sense tips and friendly reminders, courtesy of the National Weather Service, to keep in mind during this Arctic cold that will help you keep warm:
- Minimize outdoor activities, especially for the elderly and very young.
- Dress in several layers of loose-fitting clothing rather than a single layer of heavy clothing.
- Wear a hat, mittens and waterproof boots. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
- When using heating sources such as fireplaces, wood stoves and space heaters, be sure to ventilate them correctly.
- Test smoke alarms and keep carbon monoxide detectors handy.
- Bring pets out of the cold. Don't assume they can handle the cold. If you are not warm, they are not either.