If you had your way you would most likely lock yourself in, close the curtains, turn up the heat and not emerge from your home until the flowers begin to bud again.
However, for most of us that is not possible, so the next best thing is to know how to prepare yourself for stepping out into that frigid weather that has greeted us this week.
“When they’re down to single digits, definitely well below freezing, your risk of frostbite is certainly much greater, so you should dress warm,” Scioto County Health Commissioner Dr. Aaron Adams said. “Cover your hands and your feet with insulated materials, wear boots, stay warm, layer your clothing and if it’s cold and windy, cover your face with a face mask if you’re going to be out for a long period of time, wear a scarf and hat to cover your ears.”
Adams said it is important, if you are going outdoors, to stay active and not to sit around.
“If you’re sick, it is probably not a good place to be,” Adams said. “Stay in where it’s warm. And don’t go to work like that.”
The other people who have to be keenly aware of falling temperatures are people with chronic illnesses.
“In any extremes – whether it’s hot or cold – either one, they tend to create a bigger problem with their chronic health risks if you expose yourself to those extremes,” Adams said. “But I think if we can convince people to use things that have been around for a long time, like wool, scarves, caps that cover your ears, layers, you’ll be fine.”
Here is the good news – look for temperatures to rise at least for the next few days.
The forecast calls for patchy freezing drizzle before 10 a.m. Thursday, then patchy drizzle between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Partly cloudy Thursday night with a low around 33.
Rain, mainly after 3 p.m. on Friday with a high near 49. The chance of precipitation is 80 percent with new precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
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