Watertown— Some areas of the North Country will see the temperature dip to 25 below zero tonight, the wind chill could reach 35 below zero, prompting a wind chill warning for tonight through Wednesday morning.
Such extreme temperatures can be a health concern. If you are out in the cold, you can be in danger of frostbite. The nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes are most vulnerable frostbite areas. The CDC has a list of warning signs, which may indicate that you have frostbite:
· A white or grayish-yellow skin area
· Skin that feels unusually firm or waxy
If you think you have frostbite, seek medical care immediately. If you can’t seek medical care right away, it is imperative that you take shelter from the cold. If areas are numb don’t use any sort of heating pads, lamps, or devises that would cause the skin to get further damaged and potentially burned. Don’t attempt to walk on frostbitten feet or apply strenuous activity to any frostbitten areas, as this can cause further damage.
To avoid frostbite, dress in layers, covering areas that are prone to frostbite.