Frostbite Warning In The Red River ValleyTemperatures are expected to get worse Sunday headed into much of Monday. With wind chills estimated to get as low as 50 below -- frostbite can occur within five minutes.
By: Victor Correa, WDAZ
Temperatures are expected to get worse Sunday headed into much of Monday.
With wind chills estimated to get as low as 50 below -- frostbite can occur within five minutes.
Trenton and Nick are working today pulling in carts from the Hugos parking lot. With temps at 20 below and the windchill at 40 below -- they are working in shifts.
Nick: I go outside for 15 minutes and come in, and I stay inside for a little bit and i go back outside for another round of carts.
Folks in the Valley are no stranger to these temps -- but there is one big factor separating previous cold snaps from today's -- the wind.
It is going to be quite dangerous for anyone going outside for any length of time.
Prolonged exposure can result in some very serious frostbite
Each person is going to be different, but generally with windchill 50 below maybe close to 60 below you're talking a matter of minutes, five minutes is a general average for that range.
People most prone to get frostbite are the elderly and young kids -- it usually hits the hands and feet first -- and the most severe cases and can lead to amputation.
Officials with the National Weather Service say it doesn't really matter how acclimated you are to the weather, when the windchill is -40 and it's blowing at 20 mph, it can do some serious damage. So, you might want to bundle up before you head outside.
Dan: Even for those hardy locals like North Dakotans and Minnesotans, it's still something to take seriously.
Those with symptoms of frostbite are urged so seek medical care.
But if none is available, then get into a warm room as soon as possible.
And put the affected area in warm -- not hot -- water.