Know the Dangers of Cold Weather

A bitterly cold, arctic air mass brought dangerously-low temperatures and wind chill values across the central and eastern U.S., with several locations approaching or exceeding record lows. Afternoon highs across the Midwest and Ohio Valley were below 0°F with wind chill values from the Northern Plains to the Central Appalachians were reported as low as -20°F to -50°F.

In the past several days, media have been talking about the dangers associated with the cold weather. Exposure to low wind chill values could lead to frostbite and hypothermia. Wind chill temperature is how cold people and animals feel when outside. Wind chill is based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin caused by wind and cold. The wind makes it feel much colder.

Learn more about National Weather Service cold weather facts.