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Surviving the Wind Chill

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Below-zero temperatures are cold to start with, but added wind makes battling the cold even more difficult.

A Trinity Health physician says skin can freeze in just a matter of seconds due to cold temperatures and wind.

In fact, areas that are covered can also be affected, especially feet and hands.

While the winter temperature can cause frostbite and other cold-related injuries, the wind can increase the severity of outdoor exposure.

(Dr. Jeffrey Sather, MD, Trinity Health)"People all hear about wind chills. That is a factor. The temperature is the temperature, it's very cold outside. But when you add wind, what that does it makes the effects of that cold temperature happen a lot quicker so the wind will make the cold come through your clothing."

Sather says he hasn't seen any cold-related injuries this week.

He also noted you should go indoors at the early signs of your skin tingling.

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