Layers will keep you safe this weekend

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They’re the coldest temperatures we’ve seen all season.. and we’re not alone as most of the lower 48 feels the cold blast this weekend.
Here in Siouxland.. low temperatures will be well below 0 Saturday night, and the wind chills will bottom out near 35 below 0. Wind chill warnings are in effect and need to be heeded.
To stay safe from cold sickness like frost bite and hypothermia, layering up is a must!
One pair of socks in this extreme cold is not enough! So make sure you wear 1, 2, 3… maybe even 4 pairs of socks, especially if you know you’re going to be outside for an extended period of time. Make sure they’re warm too, not thin cotton socks, but something that’s fluffier and something that’s warmer.
One pair of pants won’t keep you warm either the leggings that I’m wearing now are lined with fleece, for some extra insulation you can put on another pair of pants, I like some leg warmers….And snow pants are a great investment! They break the wind and keep you warm, but don’t just only wear the snow pants, make sure you put other pants underneath as well.
This large winter coat is very warm, but in extreme cold like this it’s not enough. It’s actually the layers underneath the large winter coat that keep you warm! It’s the air between the layers that keep you insulated, so underneath your coats wear a fleece, along with all the other layers you have underneath.. and zip up!
Don’t forget to cover your extremities! Scarves, gloves, hats and ear muffs are a must to prevent frost bite and hypothermia.
“Hypothermia and frostbite are a little bit different, but they do go hand-in-hand. So in hypothermia, it’s a lowered core body temperature. And you can have frostbite without hypothermia, but very rarely can you have hypothermia without frostbite. says Amanda Smith, Nurse Practitioner, Unity Point Health St. Luke’s.

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