Preparing for extreme cold

January 18th, 2013 at 11:29 am by under Weather

Even though these big cold blasts aren’t unusual in Indiana, the can catch some of us off guard.  With highs only expected to be in the teens next week, it’s time to get ready for it now.

High Temps Next Week

For those of you with newer cars, you don’t have much to worry about.  However, if you have an older car you’ll want to make sure it’s ready for the cold.  You’ll want to check the antifreeze, tires, and all the fluids.  You may also want to keep the gas tank a bit fuller than usual.  This will help make sure your car starts on those cold mornings.

All of us will also want to set our alarms a bit earlier than usual.  This will give you the few extra minutes you need to start your car early to let it warm up.

If you haven’t yet, you will need to dig out the gloves, hats, and scarves.  Be sure to protect your skin, especially in the morning when temperatures are at their coldest.  With overnight lows near 0, frostbite can occur rather quickly.

Windchill Chart – NOAA NWS

Using this chart, with a morning low of 0 and winds of 20 mph, frostbite can occur in about 30 minutes.  Be sure the kids are bundled up when they head to the bus stop!

One Response to “Preparing for extreme cold”

  1. Janet says:

    Ive never seen the chart for windchill and frostbite. Thanks for posting, very interesting.