Cold Temps Forcing People to Bundle up

Article Date: Dec 24, 2013

Midtown Crossing was packed with last minute holiday shoppers Monday and the lunch crowd from area businesses. But it wasn't the crowds people had a problem with.

"It's freaking freezing out here." said Mary Wiese-Goldworth.

"I try and stay indoors when I can especially when it's windy." said David Tarwater.

"Quick trip in the shuttle and back, so it won't be bad." said Beth Olsen.

Hats, gloves, and scarfs were an important accessory. Especially for those who had to be outside for an extended period of time.

"We see cold exposed come in when it gets cold and frigid like this especially at night." said Dr. Brackett.

Dr. Nate Brackett, an Emergency Room Director of Bergan Mercy Medical Center, said redness or tingling, usually in the fingertips, nose, ears or unexposed areas are the first signs of frost bite.

"Statistically speaking your risk of frost bite or hypothermia is low if you're over 5 to 10 degrees outside, but at the wind picks up your risk definitely increased." said Dr. Brackett.


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