NWS: Wind Chill Down to Zero Tuesday Night

The coldest air mass of the winter season to date is expected to bring frigid temperatures to the region overnight.

The coldest weather of the winter season so far is upon us, as temperatures are expected to drop to the low-teens late Tuesday night with strong winds pushing the wind chill to around zero degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Winds overnight could reach 25 mph, according to the NWS.

Snow flurries are possible Wednesday morning, as temperatures are only expected to reach about 26 degrees. No significant accumulation is expected.

The American Red Cross offers the following tips to prepare yourself for the continuing cold weather:

Protect Yourself:

  • Dress in several layers of lightweight clothing, which will keep you warmer than a single heavy coat.
  • Mittens provide more warmth to your hands than gloves. Wear a hat, preferably one that covers your ears.
  • Wear waterproof, insulated boots to keep your feet warm and dry and to maintain your footing in ice and snow.
  • Take frequent breaks and stay hydrated.
  • Seek medical attention immediately if you have symptoms of hypothermia including confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering.
  • Seek medical attention immediately if you have symptoms of frostbite including numbness, flushed gray, white, blue or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, or waxy feeling skin.

Protect Yourself at Home:

  • Be careful with candles—do not use candles for lighting if the power goes out. Use flashlights only.
  • Inspect fireplaces and wood stoves yearly—use a sturdy fire screen with lit fires. Burn only wood—never burn paper or pine boughs.
  • Use generators correctly—never operate a generator inside your home, including the basement or garage. Do not hook up a generator directly to your home's wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.
  • Prevent frozen pipes—when the weather is very cold outside, open cabinet doors to let warm air circulate around water pipes. Let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe—even at a trickle—helps prevent pipes from freezing because the temperature of the water running through it is above freezing. Keep the thermostat set to a consistent temperature.
  • Check smoke alarms once a month by pressing the test button and replace batteries as necessary.
  • Don’t overload your electrical outlets.
  • Don’t forget your pets—bring them indoors. If you can’t bring them inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure they can get to unfrozen water.
  • If you plan on using an alternate heating source, never use a stove or oven to heat your home. Keep a glass or metal fire screen around the fireplace and never leave a fireplace fire unattended. If using a space heater, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to safely use the heater. Place it on a level, hard, nonflammable surface. Turn the space heater off when you leave the room or go to sleep. Keep children and pets away from your space heater and do not use it to dry wet clothing.
John Scotto January 04, 2012 at 01:07 AM
As if people don't already know how to keep warm.
Zach Oliva (Editor) January 04, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Yea, some of them are pretty obvious. I do think the safety tips are worth checking out though.
joy January 04, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Helpful - thanks!
Nancy Dwyer Chapman January 04, 2012 at 03:33 PM
This is the coldest bit of weather for this winter TO DATE. Not the coldest of the season. We have 2 1/2 months of winter to go, and I doubt any of us know whether it will never be any colder in January, February or March than it will be tonight. Rigor and accuracy in drafting, please!
Billy L January 04, 2012 at 04:26 PM
You forgot the last tip you burn oil to heat your house...make sure you have your checkbook handy and enough $$ in the bank.
Katie Ryan O'Connor January 04, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Excellent point Nancy! Will update.


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