Dangerous wind chills are expected through the middle of next week
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) wants everyone to take precautions as dangerously cold temperatures blanket the state. The National Weather Service is forecasting the coldest periods will begin late Thursday, January 24, and continue into Saturday morning, January 26. Wind chill readings of 25 to 40 below zero will be possible each night. Wind chills of 20 to 25 below zero will be possible nearly every night into the middle of next week.
“In the 2017-2018 winter season, 38 Wisconsin residents died from exposure to extreme cold,” said Chuck Warzecha, Deputy Administrator of the DHS Division of Public Health. “We want people to take every precaution to protect themselves, and we also urge them to check on family, friends, and neighbors to make sure they're safe too.”
To protect yourself and your family during extreme cold, follow these safety tips:
Winter Weather Health and Safety TipsWinter in Wisconsin can be fun and exciting, but sometimes the conditions can become dangerous. Winter storms can sweep through bringing high winds, large amounts of accumulating and drifting snow, ice, and extreme cold temperatures. Being prepared ahead of a storm will help you get through it safely.
More Information on winter weather safety:
Check on your neighbors.Isolated or elderly individuals can be unaware of rapidly changing weather conditions and may not be able to sense and respond to low temperatures during winter.
Protect yourself from extreme cold.Protect yourself by wearing loose layers of clothing underneath a wind and weather resistant coat. Look for symptoms of hypothermia including shivering, exhaustion, confusion, and slurred speech.
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