exceptionally colder temperatures over the past few days, but it's not over.
Next week's lows
are dipping into the negatives and they have Erie's Emergency Management
National Weather Service is using the words "scary" and
"extreme" in describing the unusually low temperatures we'll see in
the forecast, over the next few days.
For the first
time in 21 years, Erie will see a wind chill of 40 below.
temperatures we're going to see in the next couple days are dangerously cold,"
said Dale Robinson, Emergency Management Coordinator. "We're going to see wind chills down around
-40 degrees Fahrenheit. We haven't seen
those temperatures probably since 1983," he said.
Hospitals in the
area have been treating patients for frostbite and hypothermia, over the
past few weeks.
They advise bundling
up in the next few days and covering any exposed skin.
"It doesn't take
long to develop frostbite, especially when it's this cold and you aren't
wearing enough clothing," said UPMC Hamot Emergency Room Doctor, Jason Loflen.
Weather Service said it can actually take 10 minutes or less for a person to develop frostbite; and only 30 to 40 minutes to develop hypothermia.
The forecast has
left many wondering whether schools will be closed, due to temperatures in the
"On Tuesday, we're
going to be lucky if temperatures reach 0," said Robinson. "I wouldn't want my kids out for very long in
this weather we're going to be getting."
Weather Service issued a warning Saturday afternoon; that warning is said to
stay live until Wednesday evening.
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