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Published January 06, 2014, 03:29 PM

Many dangers that come with bitter cold temps

Air temperatures are 20 below and the wind chill is bordering 50 below. Minnesota schools were closed Monday, by Governor's orders, for the first time in 17 years.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

Air temperatures are 20 below and the wind chill is bordering 50 below. Minnesota schools were closed Monday, by Governor's orders, for the first time in 17 years.

With temps this low and the wind blowing, frostbite and hypothermia can occur within minutes. So no matter how acclimated you think you are, dress in layers. The elderly and young children are most likely to be affected.

In 2013 around 30 people were checked into Altru with cases of frostbite, and at least 1 reported case of hypothermia.

Altru Family Doctor Joanne Gaul said, "Because we live here in North Dakota, we think that we're used to the cold and we just go on with our lives and we forget that especially with this wind chill of minus 50, that skin can freeze in less than 5 minutes if it's exposed."

Some symptoms of frostbite are white/greyish skin or also numbness. If caught soon enough, this can be taken care of at home. Get into a warm room and put the affected area in warm, not hot water.

Minnesota schools are back open Tuesday, each local school will decide whether or not to close.

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