Coldest Night in Almost 15 Years

Little girl holding Red Cross blanket in a Red Cross shelter
Remember how your mama said you’ll be warmer if you wear a hat? She was right!

Get ready for a COLD night!

Temperatures tonight are forecast to be in the single digits. Winds will be 10-15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. That will make the wind chill 0 to -10 degrees. A Wind Chill Advisory will be in effect from midnight Monday through noon on Tuesday. One National Weather Service Meteorologist says he can’t remember a Wind Chill Advisory being issued in Central NC in the past 12-15 years.

The bottom line is that this is cold weather we aren’t used to. If you have to be outside, wear layers of lightweight clothing. The layers trap pockets of air and that helps insulate you. Wear a scarf and hat. Remember how your mama said you’ll be warmer if you wear a hat? She was right! Also remember the mittens. They’re better than gloves because they let your fingers huddle together inside and keep your hands warmer.

Watch for symptoms of frostbite. They include numbness, flushed gray, white, blue or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, or waxy feeling skin. Seek medical attention immediately if you have symptoms of hypothermia, including confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering.

Also, don’t forget your pets! Bring them indoors. Just because they have fur doesn’t mean they can handle the frigid temperatures. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.

Remember to give blood. With the recent winter storms, many blood drives have been cancelled. Still, those in hospitals need life-saving blood regardless of the weather.

Stay safe… and just snuggle up inside, if you can!