Be Prepared for Frigid Weather Coming Wednesday
The National Weather Service in Raleigh does not expect us to get more than dusting of snow, if any at all. However, the polar plunge will bring frigid temperatures compounded by gusty winds. After midnight, temporatures will plummet to around 22º, with high winds making it feel well below 20º F. We will remain in a very cold pattern until the weekend.
CARE FOR YOURSELF & YOUR FAMILY
- Minimize travel.
- Stay indoors during the worst part of the extreme cold.
- Keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle if you must travel.
- Check tire pressure, antifreeze levels, heater/defroster, etc.
- Learn how to shut off water valves for potential pipe bursts.
- Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing, including a hat that covers as much of your head, ears and neck as possible.
- Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves.
- Warm scarves or mufflers around the neck are helpful.
- Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
- Try to stay dry and out of the wind.
CHECK ON OLDER & VULNERABLE RESIDENTS
Older residents, especially those with health and mobility issues, are most at risk in extreme weather. Please check on your neighbors, family and friends who fall into this category to make sure they have ample heat and supplies. IF they live in a remote area, they could lose power during the gusty winds.
Here are some other helpful tips from the National Institute on Aging: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/cold-weather-safety-older-adults
CARE FOR YOUR FURRY FAMILY TOO
Many dogs and cats that usually stay outside can't tolerate this level of cold. If at all possible, bring them inside or provide a way to keep them warm outside. A vital issue is that water bowls will freeze over very fast. Many pets who die or become ill in such cold are usually the victim of dehydration, or they simply freeze to death.
Here are some additional tips for caring for pets in extreme cold: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Cold-weather-pet-safety.aspx
TIPS FOR WORKING OUTSIDE
If you have to work outside in extreme cold, remember that you can get frostbite and hypothermia, even if effectively dressed and you keep moving. Please following these precautions: https://allonehealth.com/7-tips-working-extreme-cold-6/