Colder temperatures means a threat of Frostbite, Hypothermia

Gundersen: One of the most important things that you can do is to stay covered

We’ll feel a drop in temperature after this weekend.

That means the threat of hypothermia and frostbite increases.

For example, Frostbite can occur in just 30 minutes with a temperature of zero and a wind speed of 15 miles per hour.

These extremely cold temperatures can also cause Hypothermia, when the body’s temperature dips below 95 degrees. Warning signs include fatigue, confusion, and, in extreme cases, death.

Health experts say it’s important to layer up for the weather.

“One of the most important things that you can do is to stay covered: wear your coats, year jackets, wear a hat to cover your head, wear mittens rather than gloves, because your fingers are in close proximity. And limit your time outside,” said Gundersen Wellness Education Specialist Shayna Schertz.

Anyone feeling Hypothermia or Frostbite should call for help immediately. It’s also a good idea to get to a warm area and have a warm, non-alcoholic drink.