Arctic air to blast South Plains Wednesday afternoon - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/5/10

Arctic air to blast South Plains Wednesday afternoon

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By Ann Wyatt Little  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – You won't want to leave your house Wednesday without bundling up.

Around 3 p.m. Wednesday folks around the South Plains will be able to feel the bone chilling cold temperatures with lows in the teens and single digits.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say once the sun sets Wednesday the wind chill factor will make it feel like it is close to zero degrees. "About Wednesday we are expecting some pretty bitterly cold air to come down across the southern plains that may trigger a little light snow. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see another couple of pretty decent storms before we get out of January and February," says Meteorologist Jody James with the National Weather Service.

Single digit temperatures can be deadly. Officials in Tennessee are attributing four deaths to the winter cold. The American Red Cross wants to remind folks to stay safe. The Red Cross advises you that all space heaters should be kept at least three feet away from heating equipment and other items that can burn easily.

-       Place portable space heaters on a hard, level, nonflammable surface. 

-       Do not put space heaters on rugs or carpets, near bedding or drapes, and keep children and pets away. 

-       Look for a model that shuts off automatically if the space heater tips over. 

Hypothermia and frostbite are serious medical concerns when temperatures drop into the single digits.

-       Dress in layers. Mittens provide more warmth to your hands than gloves.

-       If you must work outside, take breaks and stay hydrated.

-       Symptoms of hypothermia include confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering.

-       Symptoms of frostbite include numbness, flushed gray, white, blue or yellow skin discoloration, numbness or waxy feeling skin.

Be sure to bring your pets indoors. If that's not an option make sure they have access to shelter and unfrozen water. Protect your pipes before the weather hits Wednesday. Experts advise to cover your outdoor pipes and keep your cabinet doors around your faucets opened.

This arctic front is not expected to be a headache for drivers or travelers, just bitterly cold for the next three days.

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