Cold weather increasing risk for frostbite

With wind chills dropping as low at negative eight degrees in Lafayette Monday morning, it's important to dress properly during the winter season.

Posted: Jan 21, 2019 6:17 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Monday morning saw the coldest temperatures of the year so far. Wind chills dropped as low as negative eight degrees in Lafayette. With such cold temperatures, frostbite becomes a risk.

According to the National Weather Service, frostbite can set in as quickly as 10 minutes.

Chief Meteorologist Chad Evans says areas of exposed skin are the most commonly affected areas. "The fingertips, the toe tips, the tip of your nose and tips of your ears. Those are the areas that typically see frostbite first,” said Evans.

Being under dressed or having wet skin and clothing while outdoors will increase the risk of frostbite.

Early signs of frostbite include hard or waxy looking skin. Cold skin and a prickling feelings or numbness are also common. More extreme cases result in the skin turning a dark blue or black color.

There are several ways you can limit the risk for frostbite. Dressing appropriately is the most important, but some winter attire may benefit more than others.

And if you do find yourself needing to be outdoors? "Limit your time outdoors when it's very cold and cover your entire body in a layer of clothing to keep that heat close to your body,” said Evans.

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