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Niagara County Public Health Director Urges Caution During Winter Weather Advisory and Wind Chill Watch

Author: Jacquelyn Langdon/Tuesday, January 29, 2019/Categories: Health

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Public Health Director Daniel Stapleton urges residents to use additional caution if outside today through Friday and to be prepared for cold temperatures.  Director Stapleton shares, “The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory effective Tuesday, January 29 at 4:00 pm until Wednesday, January 30 at 1:00 pm for Western New York and a Wind Chill Watch remains in effect from the morning of Wednesday, January 30 through the afternoon of Thursday, January 31 for Niagara County.  Along with expected lake effect snow, dangerously cold wind chills, as low as 25 below zero, are possible.”  Advisories may be extended or changed.

Stapleton recommends minimizing outside activities and staying informed on weather conditions.  He urges, “Anyone who must be outside, even briefly, should dress appropriately covering all potentially exposed skin and be aware of the potential for hypothermia and frostbite.” 

A chart from the National Weather Service says at a wind chill of 25 degrees below zero frostbite can happen in 30 minutes, and at wind chills at 40 degrees below zero frostbite can happen in 5 minutes.  Symptoms of frostbite include skin that has become numb, white or discolored.

Older adults and children can be at most risk of hypothermia.  Hypothermia symptoms include:

  • Shivering, exhaustion
  • Confusion, fumbling hands
  • Memory loss, slurred speech, drowsiness

If you see symptoms of hypothermia or frostbite, call 911 and follow instructions, or go to the emergency room. 

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