Frigid Temperatures Descend on the Adirondacks


A backyard ski hill comes in very handy when temperatures drop below zero in the Adirondacks.

The National Weather Services has issued a wind chill warning for the Adirondacks tonight through Wednesday evening, January 23. You can it at the bottom of  this post if you want the details, but suffice it to say, baby it is cold outside.

This kind of cold makes it a little more challenging to get outside and enjoy the wonderful Adirondack winter outdoor activities, but it can be done.  Like many outdoor enthusiasts I suffered my share of frostbitten cheeks, fingers, toes, and ears over the years. Older and wiser, I try to abide sensible cold weather precautions.  For example, the United States CDC offers this great resource on dealing with the cold, “EXTREME COLD - A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety. I like the EXTREME part, and this guide tells you how long you can play outside before you freeze off a body part or freeze to death. The answer - not long when the wind chill is 24 below.

An Adirondack word to the wise then for the coming days: take your outdoor play time in short doses, preferably close to a wood stove and a hot toddy(ies).

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BURLINGTON HAS ISSUED A WIND
CHILL WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 PM
EST WEDNESDAY.

* LOCATIONS...THE ST. LAWRENCE VALLEY AND NORTHERN ADIRONDACKS OF
  NEW YORK.

* HAZARD TYPES...DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL READINGS.

* WIND CHILL READINGS...30 TO 35 BELOW TONIGHT AND EARLY WEDNESDAY
  DUE TO THE COMBINATION OF BELOW ZERO TEMPERATURES AND NORTHWEST
  WINDS OF 10 TO 15 MPH THROUGH MUCH OF THE PERIOD. WIND CHILL
  READINGS WILL RANGE FROM 20 TO 30 BELOW DURING THE LATE MORNING
  THROUGH AFTERNOON HOURS WEDNESDAY.

* IMPACTS...ENHANCED THREAT OF FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA. FOR
  THOSE VENTURING OUT...WEAR A WARM COAT...GLOVES AND COVER YOUR
  HEAD TO PROTECT AGAINST FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA. LIMIT AREAS
  OF EXPOSED SKIN. DRESSING IN LAYERS CAN ALSO HELP PROTECT YOU
  AGAINST THE COLD. LIMIT TIME OUTDOORS IF POSSIBLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD AIR AND
STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. THIS
WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF
PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.

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