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How Cold is Too Cold?

By Admin, 01/05/18, 10:15AM EST

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Cold Weather Safety.

Cold Weather Safety

Cold weather injuries such as hypothermia and frostbite can be prevented by following a few simple precautions. 

HOW COLD IS TOO COLD TO ALLOW CHILDREN TO PLAY OUTDOORS?

During typical winter days, common sense requires us to look beyond a specific temperature and consider factors such as wind chill, whether the ground is frozen or the sun is shining, how well the children are prepared to play outdoors (jackets, gloves, and hats), what activity the children are participating in, and the length of time to be spent outside.

Wind Chill Advisory

Limit outdoor activity to no more than 15 minutes.

Wind Chill Advisory is issued by the NWS when the wind chill temperature is expected to fall between -5F and -20F. 

Wind Chill Warning

No outdoor activity.

Wind Chill Warning is issued by the NWS when the Wind chill temperature is expected to fall to or below -20 F (for 3 hours).

WHAT IS WIND CHILL?
Wind chill is the human perception of temperature created by the combination of the actual temperature and the additional heat loss from exposed skin caused by the wind. This is how cold it “feels” outside (the apparent temperature). The higher the wind speed and the lower the temperature, the greater the wind chill effect.  If the actual air temperature is 40°F and the wind speed is 10 miles per hour (mph), the apparent temperature is 28°F; at 32°F with a 10-mph wind speed, the apparent temperature is 21°F.