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Temperatures expected to drop nearly 60 degrees

By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - In a few hours on Wednesday, the temperature across the South Plains dropped more than 20 degrees, and it's only expected to get worse.  Wednesday's high was 67 degrees and it's expected to get down to 14 degrees in the overnight hours. 

"We're not use to that kind of weather here. It's kind of crazy going from hot to cold people are not going to be prepared for that, so the thing is be prepared, cover well," said Covenant ER Dr. Juan Fitz. 

Dr. Fitz says layering your clothing is crucial if you are headed outdoors. "Sweater shirts, some tight fitting some loose fitting, and nice heavy jackets. Cover your head, cover your hands and cover your face especially your ears and your nose - don't rub them but keep them covered with a scarf or use a ski mask," he said.

Dr. Fitz says in these kinds of temperatures, you should not be outside for more than 15 minutes at a time, especially if you are not dressed appropriately. "I think we are going to be seeing some hypothermia, so that's why we want to get the voice out and the precaution out to them get prepared, dress in layers, stay nice and warm, and stay inside as much as you can," said Fitz.

Hypothermia can occur when your body temperature drops below your core temperature of 98 degrees. During these types of weather conditions, Dr. Fitz says hypothermia is definitely a possibility. "You start feeling sluggish - you start feeling sleepy and achy all over as your temperature starts to drop down significantly," said Fitz.

If you work outside make sure you take several breaks and watch out for your peers, and as you get your children ready for the bus stop, make sure they are bundled up. "If you have a car while you're waiting for the bus. Keep them inside the car where it's nice and warm until the bus gets there to pick them up," said Fitz.

Dr. Fitz also tells us that frostbite is also a big concern. He says make sure to keep hands, feet, and face covered, and if you don't have to be out in this weather, the best advice is to just stay home.

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