It's about to get cold. Real cold. Temperatures-not-seen-in-20-years cold. "Our forecast at the lowest temperature is going to be Monday night, mid-Tuesday, and for the Akron-Canton area, we're looking at 10 to 15 below," said Sarah Jamison with the National Weather Service office in Cleveland.
It's about to get cold. Real cold.
"Our forecast at the lowest temperature is going to be Monday night, mid-Tuesday, and for the Akron-Canton area, we're looking at 10 to 15 below," said Sarah Jamison with the National Weather Service office in Cleveland.
Add wind and it will feel as low as -40 degrees.
The weather service has issued a winter weather advisory until noon Monday for an expected 2 to 4 inches of overnight snowfall, and a wind chill warning from then until 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Temperatures will approach record lows, which now stand at -9 for Jan. 6 and -5 for Jan. 7. The lowest area temperature of all time was -25 on Jan. 19, 1994.
"With temperatures that cold, definitely frostbite and hypothermia are the biggest dangers," Jamison said.
Here is some advice for getting through the next few days:
BEWARE FROSTBITE, HYPOTHERMIA
• Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and a white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, earlobes and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
• Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, nonalcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help as soon as possible.
Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency
SECURE YOUR HOME
• Apply caulk or weatherstripping around doors and windows to keep out cold air.
• Open faucets for a constant drip, or wrap pipes in insulation or newspapers to keep them from freezing.
• Keep extra blankets or sleeping bags, and dress in layers of clothing that is loose-fitting, lightweight and warm.
• Have a three-day supply of water and nonperishable food.
• Charge electronic devices and keep a flashlight, portable radio or extra batteries handy in case of a power outage.
• Use a sturdy screen when using a fireplace or wood-burning stove.
• Don't use an outdoor gas stove, charcoal grill or lantern indoors; it can lead to carbon-monoxide poisoning.
• A portable generator should be installed by a qualified electrician and never used in a house or closed garage. The power to the house should be disconnected beforehand to prevent electricity from returning to power lines and creating a hazard for utility workers.
• To report a power outage, call 1-888-544-4877 or visit www.firstenergycorp.com for FirstEnergy and visit www.aepohio.com.
• First Energy advises customers to report downed wires to a local police or fire department and AEP.
Source: FirstEnergy and AEP Ohio
PREP YOUR VEHICLE
• Check battery condition, tire tread and the levels of antifreeze, windshield washer and brake fluid.
• Maintain a full tank of gas to keep the fuel line from freezing.
• Check oil level and weight. Heavier oils don't lubricate as well and can congeal at low temperatures.
• Keep an emergency kit, including a shovel, windshield scraper, flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, water, snacks, matches, extra winter clothing, a first aid kit with a pocket knife, any necessary medications, blankets, tow chain or rope, road salt and sand, booster cables, emergency flares and a fluorescent distress flag.
Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency
DON'T FORGET FIDO
• Bring pets indoors.
• If dogs can't be taken inside, elevate their houses 4 inches off the ground, fill them with straw or cover the opening with a flap.
• Place animals in a box with blankets, especially cats.
• Check frequently to make sure animals' water hasn't frozen.
• Wipe your pet's foot pads with a washcloth when they come inside to prevent damage from ice, rock salt and chemicals.
• Look under or rap on car hoods before starting a car to check for cats seeking shelter.
Source: The American Animal Hospital Association, Jackie Godbey of the Stark County Humane Society
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