For some this blast of cold is fun especially kids who live in states where it rarely snows.
They love it, they think it’s great. they’ve been outside playing on snow all last night.
This one’s not too much of a fan.We’re used to a lot warmer weather, this is our first time actually on the snowstorm.
For others the cold is hazardous.Frigid temperatures have been blamed for at least a dozen deaths.
Frostbite is the biggest concern.
With frostbite,people can start experiencing symptoms pretty rapidly.
On average,with mild winds and cold temperatures it can occur in as less than 30 minutes.
With extreme cases when it’s very very cold and winds are very very strong sometimes frostbite can develop in as little as 5 minutes. The windchill is also a factor.Gusty winds can make it feel like it’s -51℃.Frostbite can affect more than skin.
When the air temperature drops below zero,especially affecting a windchill,things freezeand that includes the fluidswithin your fingers your toes,nose,ears.
You know anything that’s exposed to that windchill can be affected by frostbite.
Ward says frostbite occurs when people stay outdoors longer than they plan.
Sub-freezing temperatures create ice causing people to slip and fall.
That’s probably the biggest risk to people as they think it there’s no ice and they step on a passion and slip and injure themselves.
Driving through high winds,low temperatures ,fog rain and heavy snow is hazardous.
The Federal Highway Administration says 22 percent of US vehicle accidents are weather-related.
People are being asked to stay off the roads so plows and salt trucks can get through.
Meteorologists predict the cold snap will last through the weekend.
Carol Pearson VOA news Washington