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Cold Weather Continues For Winter Blast

WFFT's Tara Petitt has more information on what NDOT is doing to improve the road conditions and also some advice on how you can avoid getting frostbite in this bitter cold weather.
WFFT's Tara Petitt has more information on what NDOT is doing to improve the road conditions and also some advice on how you can avoid getting frost bite in this bitter cold weather.

Heavy snowfall, high winds, and low temperatures are three major factors contributing to emergency road situations across the region.

The snow that started and bringing with it the wind speeds up to 30 miles per hour, and temperatures in the single digits.

Several counties in Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio have issued travel advisories due to unsafe road conditions.

Mary Foster, with the Indiana Department of Transportation, says that the high winds has made a challenge for our snow plows.

"For the most part, the snow has moved out of the area, but we have problems with blowing snow.  So we still are on full call, out treating the roads until these conditions go away and until the roads are clear."

INDOT wants to advise drivers to be prepared if you must go out in these conditions.

Make sure you brush the snow off your headlights, remove the ice from your windshield wipers, and always have a safety kit in your vehicle.

With negative wind chill temperatures, it is extremely important to stay warm and know the signs of frost bite.

Gordon Giesbrecht, a weather specialist and professor, say that if you are experiencing frost bite, your skin will first feel cold then pain, then numbness, then nothing.

"It's really problematic, people often think that once they feel nothing, that everything is okay, they're better.  The problem is, that should be a major warning sign that you're getting close to frost bite."

Giesbrecht also says that staying hydrated when it's cold can help to avoid frost bite.  If you must go outside, dress for the weather and be prepared for unsafe conditions.
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