Heavy snow from the past couple of days is being followed by a cold front.

The tri-county area is expecting temperatures to hit the teens today with wind chills of -5 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit to continue throughout the night.

Officials remind community members to stay warm during this cold front.

According to the National Weather Service, adding layers will help keep the body warm as the temperature drops. A pair of warm, waterproof shoes or boots should be worn as well as at least two layers of both pants and long-sleeve tops. The outer layer of clothing should be designed to keep out the wind, rain and wet snow.

In addition, extra socks, a warm hat, a face mask, a scarf and gloves are recommended to protect the parts of the body — such as the nose, ears, fingers, toes, cheeks and chin — that are most commonly affected by frostbite.

According to ProMedica’s website, frostbite is the freezing of the body’s tissues, which can lead to permanent damage or amputation. Signs of frostbite include redness or pain, a white or grayish-yellow skin, firm or waxy skin, numbness and blisters.

People experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention.

In addition to keeping two-legged loved ones safe and warm, officials urge people to protect their furry friends as well.

Pets and farm animals should have plenty of food and water and should not be overly exposed to extreme cold as they are also susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia.

Other precautions to take include:

• filling up your vehicle’s gas tank to ensure warmth if you become stranded.

• update your winter car survival kit with jumper cables; flashlights; a first aid kit; food and water; a basic tool kit with pliers, wrenches and a screwdriver; clothes, warmers and blankets or sleeping bags; and extra baby or pet needs. Other items for wintry weather include a shovel, cat litter or sand and an ice scraper.

Temperatures are expected to reach back up into the 30s by Saturday, with mostly sunny skies. Small chances of precipitation return Monday.

For more information on winter weather safety, visit redcross.org.

For more information on weather updates, visit weather.gov.

 

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