Dangerous Wind Chills Thursday morning

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    • Avoid or limit outdoor activities during times of extreme cold.
    • Many victims are unaware that frostbite has set in since the skin has become numb. However, here are some warning signs:
      • Skin will initially become red
      • If the situation progresses, skin will become white or a grayish yellow
      • Skin the feels unusually firm or waxy
      • Numbness
    • If you or someone in your party has frost bite follow these steps:
      • Get into a warm room as soon as possible
      • Unless absolutely necessary, do not walk on frostbitten feet or            toes—this increases the damage.
      • Immerse the affected area in warm—not hot—water (the temperature should be comfortable to the touch for unaffected parts of the body).
      • Warm the affected area using body heat. For example, the heat of an armpit can be used to warm frostbitten fingers.
      • Do not rub the frostbitten area with snow or massage it at all. This can cause more damage.
      • Don't use a heating pad, heat lamp, or the heat of a stove, fireplace, or radiator for warming. Affected areas are numb and can be easily burned.
    • The shading in the NWS Wind Chill chart below indicates the time to frostbite for exposed skin at various temperatures and wind speeds.

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