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 weatherservice 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
- 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.