This week will see bitter wind chills and record breaking temperatures as an arctic air moves in Wednesday into Friday.
Temperatures will only reach into the single digits on Thursday with wind chills forecast in the negative 10 to 20 degree range.
Be sure you have a full tank of gas in your vehicle, and prepare your pipes with blankets or insulation, to ensure your water doesn’t freeze.
The best way to avoid hypothermia or frostbite is to stay warm and dry indoors. When you must go outside, dress appropriately. Wear several layers of loose-fitting, light-weight, warm clothing. Trapped air between the layers will insulate you. Layers can be removed to avoid sweating and subsequent chill. Outer garments should be tightly woven, water repellent, and hooded. Where a hat - half of your body heat can be loss from your head. 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.
Be aware of your animals - provide a safe, dry and warm environment for them. Area farmers will be braving the bitter temperatures to ensure their livestock are adequately cared for in these temperatures.
By the weekend, temperatures will rise back into the low 30’s with a chance for snow just in time for Christmas.