Frostbite can occur within five minutes as the temperature dropsGrand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - Temperatures are expected to get worse Sunday night and frostbite can occur within five minutes.
By: Victor Correa, WDAY
Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - Temperatures are expected to get worse Sunday night and frostbite can occur within five minutes.
Trenton: “This weather is unbelievable.”
Trenton and Nick are working Sunday, pulling in carts from the Hugos parking lot, with temps at 20 below and the wind chill at 40 below they are working in shifts.
Nick: “I go outside for 15 minutes and come in and I stay inside for a little bit and I go back outside for another round of carts.”
Folks in the valley are no stranger to these temps but there is one big factor separating previous cold snaps from todays; the wind.
Dan Riddle/Meteorologist: “And it is going to be quite dangerous for anyone going outside for any length of time.”
Prolonged exposure can result in some very serious frostbite
Riddle: “Each person is going to be different, but generally with wind chills 50 below maybe close to 60 below you're talking a matter of minutes, five minutes is a general average for that range.”
People most prone to get frostbite are the elderly and young kids it usually hits the hands and feet first and the most severe cases and can lead to amputation.
Officials with the national weather service say it doesn't really matter how acclimated you are to the weather, when the wind chill is 40 below and its blowing at 20 mph, it can do some serious damage. So you might want to bundle up before you head outside.
Riddle: “Even for those hardy locals like North Dakotans and Minnesotans it’s still something to take seriously.”
So what do you look for - common signs include off white or yellowish skin as well as numbness.
Those with symptoms of frostbite are urged to seek medical care, but if none is available, get into a warm room as soon as possible, and put the affected area in warm not hot water.