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Extreme Cold

Extreme Cold

Cold temperatures and cold wind chills are expected in Winnebago County late Saturday, January 13, 2024 through Wednesday morning and again on Friday.

Stay Safe In Extreme Cold

When the weather is extremely cold, try to stay indoors. If you must go outside, dress properly and know who is at high risk for hypothermia or frostbite.

Places To Go To Get Warm

Places you may visit with to get warm include:

If You Must Be Outside In The Cold

Dress properly by wearing:

  • A hat
  • A scarf that covers face
  • Mittens or gloves
  • Water resistant boots
  • Water resistant coat
  • Several layers of loose fitting clothing

Make sure body parts most often affected by frostbite (nose, ears, toes, cheeks, chin, fingers) are covered in warm, dry clothing.

Know The Risk of Hypothermia and Frostbite

Hypothermia

  • Signs & Symptoms
    • Adults:
      • shivering
      •  exhaustion
      • confusion
      • fumbling hands
      • memory loss
      • slurred speech
      • drowsiness
    • Infants:
      • bright red, cold skin
      • very low energy

If a person’s temperature is below 95° get medical attention immediately

Frostbite

  • Signs & Symptoms
    • Redness or pain in any skin area may be the first sign of frostbite.
  • Other signs include:
    • a white or grayish-yellow skin area
    • skin that feels  unusually firm or waxy
    • numbness

Click here for more information on hypothermia and frostbite from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.

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