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Dangerously Low Temperatures

The lows next week could get below zero. Those cold temperatures could have dangerous affects like hypothermia and frostbite.
It hasn't been this cold in the Wabash Valley since 1994. It was -30 then with no windchill. Monday could get as cold as -12 with a windchill close to 30 below. Temperatures that low can cause hypothermia and even frostbite in a matter of seconds.

"You have to be really careful not to do the things you would normally do if it was 15 - 20 degrees out because your body is going to be more susceptible to those things in subzero weather," said Corianne Vanderkolk.

But some people earn a living from working outside. Michael Tolbert delivers mail for the U.S. Postal Service and subzero temperatures don't stop your letters.

"Mail has to go rain, sleet or snow, " said Tolbert.

If you're like Michael and you have to work outside, doctors suggest wearing layers. Any exposed skin in subzero temperatures is more likely to get frostbite or hypothermia.

"Wear a lot of clothes and you just have to tough it out, you know, it's your job and it's what we enjoy doing," said Tolbert.

"Bundle up. Wear a hat, wear a scarf, definitely wear gloves, multiple gloves, thick socks, multiple socks, leggings under pants. Things like that are going to help you keep that heat inside instead of exposing it to the outside," said Vanderkolk.

Vanderkolk says children and the elderly are the most susceptible to frostbite from the cold temperatures, but no body is immune.

"Regardless if you're a healthy 25-year-old or a 75-year-old with a few health problems, no body needs to be outside in that weather," she said. "You need to stay safe and stay indoors as much as possible."

Some signs associated with frostbite include: losing feeling in your fingers and toes, becoming pale or even blue. If you see any of these signs in yourself or someone else you should consult a doctor immediately.
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