Recognizing Signs of Frostbite & Hypothermia

With sub-zero feel like temperatures hovering across the Tri-State doctors are warning of the signs of frostbite and hypothermia.

Posted: Feb 15, 2021 10:37 AM

A polar vortex is stretching across the U.S. Feel-like temps in the tri-state are sub zero which means it may take just minutes for hypothermia or frostbite to set in.

If you've been out in the cold and you begin to experience shivering, slurred speech, drowsiness or confusion you need to get somewhere warm immediately. Once you are inside be sure to remove any wet clothing before trying to warm up.

Staying outside in the cold for a prolonged period of time can be life-threatening. Hypothermia can set in as little as 30 minutes. Doctors say if your body temperature is below 95 degrees you need to seek medical help immediately.

Signs of frostbite:

Cold skin and prickly feeling

Skin may itch, burn or feel like “pins and needles”

Skin becomes hard or cold to the touch

Skin becomes numb

Skin may change color

Blistering of skin

Signs of hypothermia:


Mumbling or slurred speech

Shallow breathing

Weak pulse

Lack of coordination

Drowsiness or low energy

Confusion or memory loss

Loss of consciousness

Bright red, cold skin

Partly Cloudy
40° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 37°
Mostly Cloudy
42° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 39°
42° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 42°
Partly Cloudy
41° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 41°
39° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 35°
Temperatures were a heck of a lot more bearable earlier this afternoon - despite our northwesterly winds, temperatures peaked at 54° in Evansville earlier on and are expected to remain quite comfortable as we head into the evening hours. Expect temperatures ranging from 48° to 41° between 7 PM and 10 PM; though the added cloud cover over the coming hours will only allow temperatures to fall as low as 38° by early Wednesday morning. It's not all good news however, it looks as though some of us (especially those north of the Ohio River) could see periods of scattered rainfall throughout our Wednesday morning.
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