Beware of Hypothermia and Frostbite During This Severe Winter Weather

As this wintry mix continues to deluge the Tri-State, staying off the roads, if possible, is the best policy. However even sticking close to home has it's own set of risks in this weather.

Posted: Feb 10, 2021 6:13 PM
Updated: Feb 10, 2021 7:28 PM

As this wintry mix continues to deluge the Tri-State, staying off the roads, if possible, is the best policy. However even sticking close to home has it's own set of risks in this weather.

"Just as a common courtesy, I would love to keep everyone safe," says Christopher Waelde.

The first real winter storm of the season has left the Tri-State slipping and sliding, coated in a glaze of ice, while scrambling to for supplies.

"All the places are selling out of salt, but that's what I'm using," says Waelde. "I've got two young dogs, and especially with them, I use the pet-safe version, and luckily I found quite a bit of it and that's what I've been using. Keep the mailman safe, keep everyone safe around the house."

And there's plenty of concerns to consider, even when playing it safe and staying off the roads, beginning outside.

"Cold exposure is what we worry about," says Deaconess Midtown Hospital Medical Director Phillip Adams. "We worry about hypothermia. When the temperature drops below 95, the body temperature that's a medical emergency. Confusion, shivering, some difficulty with coordination, as well. So those are your big 3 cardinal signs."

Then there is skin exposure when out and about.

"In terms of frostbite, that's really a tissue injury," said Adams. "So, you really get kind of the freezing of tissue. And again, that needs to be seen by a medical professional. So you're looking at white skin, that's waxy, that can be discolored."

And for those that have to go out and brave the roads?

"If you have to be out and about, making sure you bring extra clothes, bring some warm blankets, bring some food in case you do get stranded," said Adams. "Those are all really important things to have with you in case that you do run into any issues."

With conditions only getting worse as the night wears on, staying indoors and off the roads is definitely the safe bet.

Evansville
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Hi: 39° Lo: 13°
Feels Like: 22°
Owensboro
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Princeton
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Madisonville
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Jasper
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Wednesday morning marked our coldest start to a day in nearly 3 weeks - morning low temperatures dove into the single digits for much of the Tri-State and our northerly winds routinely drove wind chill values well below zero throughout the Lower Ohio Valley. If there was any silver lining, our clear skies did allow temperatures to climb back into the mid 20s later in the day; though Evansville’s peak temperature of 25° remained 17° below average for this time of the year. The clear skies are expected to linger throughout the evening and much of the night ahead and will allow temperatures to fall back down into the mid to low teens early Thursday morning. We will fall to 14° in Evansville around daybreak Thursday.
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