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❄️ Cold Snap Solutions: How to Handle Windchill Like a Pro

This week, we’ll see some frigid temperatures in the morning due to the effects of wind chill.

When the wind moves warmer air away from your body, especially exposed skin like hands, noses, and ears, it can feel a lot colder and have some adverse effects for those staying outside for too long.

We get data from our weather station at the Annex, and you can access that yourself, here. We check on the forecast here and work with the news center at WSTB for the most accurate and up-to-date weather forecast each day.

Here are some tips on how to deal with colder weather.

Dress in Layers: Start with a moisture-wicking base layer, add an insulating layer like fleece, and top it with a windproof and waterproof outer layer. Layers trap body heat and provide flexibility to adjust to changing temperatures.

Cover Extremities: Wear a hat, mittens (they are warmer than gloves), thick socks, and a scarf or neck warmer. A significant amount of body heat is lost through the head, hands, and feet.

Stay Dry: Wet clothing loses much of its insulating value and transmits cold rapidly. Make sure the outer layers are waterproof, and change out of wet clothes as soon as possible.

Limit Time Outdoors: During extreme cold or wind chill, keep outdoor activities brief. Pay attention to frostbite warnings and symptoms, such as numbness or white or grayish-yellow skin areas.

Keep Moving: Physical activity generates body heat. If you must be outside, try to keep active to maintain warmth.

Stay Hydrated and Eat Well: Your body needs fuel to keep warm. Eat balanced meals and drink plenty of fluids, avoiding caffeine and alcohol as they can lead to dehydration.

Here’s what we’re serving for lunch this week: https://scsrockets.nutrislice.com/

Use Warm Packs: Hand and foot warmers can provide additional warmth for outdoor activities.

Check the Forecast: Always check the weather forecast and be prepared for changing conditions. Teach children to recognize signs of frostbite and hypothermia.

Have an Emergency Kit: Keep a winter emergency kit in your car and home. It should include blankets, extra clothing, snacks, water, and a first aid kit.

Have a Plan: Teach children and loved ones about the importance of staying warm, recognizing danger signs, and knowing what to do in case of cold-weather emergencies.

Remember, safety is the priority. When in doubt, stay indoors and enjoy a warm, cozy activity! If you ride the school bus with us, here are some additional tips for how to ride safely: https://www.scsrockets.org/scs-winter-school-bus-riding-2024/

Thank you, and stay warm & safe!

Andreas Johansson
Director of Operations
Streetsboro City Schools