WARWICK, RI — The National Weather service warns of extreme cold and high winds Wednesday and Thursday, starting off with snow.
Snow showers are likely between 5 and 7 p.m., tonight, the weather
Wednesday night the low will be around 4 degrees, with wind chill values as low as -10. Winds could gust as high as 48 mph, according to the weather service.
Thursday will be sunny, but with a high near 16 and wind chill values as low as -13. There will also be a west wind blowing at about 14 mph.
The Red Cross has posted a number ofpersonal and homeowner tips for dealing with extreme coldweather:
Avoid unnecessary exposure to the cold. Be aware of both the temperature and the wind chill when planning outdoor activities. When you prepare to go
- Most of your body heat is lost through your head so wear a hat, preferably one that covers your ears.
- Dressing in layers helps you retain heat. You can remove layers as needed if you become too warm.
- Mittens provide more warmth to your hands than gloves.
- Wear waterproof, insulated boots to help avoid hypothermia or frostbite by keeping your feet warm and dry and to maintain your footing in ice and snow.
- Get out of wet clothes immediately and warm the core body temperature with a blanket or warm fluids like hot cider or soup. Avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol if you expect you or someone you are trying to help has hypothermia or frostbite.
- Recognize the symptoms of hypothermia that can be a serious medical condition: confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. Seek medical attention immediately if you have these symptoms.
- Recognize frostbite warning signs: gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, waxy feeling skin. Seek medical attention immediately if you have these symptoms.