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NWS: Extreme Cold Expected Wednesday, Thursday

[CREDIT: NWS] The National Weather Service's tips for extreme cold in the car and in the home. Temperatures are expected to hover between the single digits and high teens this week.
[CREDIT: NWS] The National Weather Service's tips for extreme cold in the car and in the home. Temperatures are expected to hover between the single digits and high teens this week.
[CREDIT: NWS] The National Weather Service’s tips for extreme cold in the car and in the home. Temperatures are expected to hover between the single digits and high teens this week.

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

service reports. The snow could be heavy at times, with a west wind 11 to 20mph in the afternoon, and gusts as high as 43 mph.

Wednesday nightthe low will be around 4 degrees, with wind chill values as low as -10. Winds could gust as high as 48 mph, according tothe weather service.

Thursday will be sunny, but with ahigh near 16 and wind chill values as low as -13. There will also be a westwind blowing at about 14 mph.

The Red Cross has posted a number ofpersonal and homeowner tips fordealing with extreme coldweather:

Avoidunnecessary exposure to the cold. Be aware of both the temperatureand the wind chill when planning outdoor activities. When you prepare to go

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outside in severe cold weather, please remember the following:

  • Most of your bodyheat is lost through your head so wear a hat, preferably one that covers yourears.
  • Dressing in layershelps you retain heat. You can remove layers as needed if you become too warm.
  • Mittens provide morewarmth to your hands than gloves.
  • Wear waterproof,insulated boots to help avoid hypothermia or frostbite by keeping your feetwarm and dry and to maintain your footing in ice and snow.
  • Get out of wetclothes immediately and warm the core body temperature with a blanket or warmfluids like hot cider or soup. Avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol if you expectyou 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 immediatelyif 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 thesesymptoms.