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Bitter cold expected next week for Clarksville – Montgomery County

 

National Weather ServiceNashville, TN – According to the National Weather Service (NWS), extreme cold temperatures are expected next week across Clarksville – Montgomery County as well as Middle Tennessee. Beginning Tuesday, January 6th, the high is expected to be around 40°F dropping to 22°F Tuesday night.

Wednesday, January 7th, it will be mostly clear with a high only around 23°F falling to a bitter 4°F Wednesday night. Temperatures rise some on Thursday, January 8th, to 34°F with a low of 21°F.

Temperatures expected to drop to the single digits next week in Clarksville-Montgomery County.

Temperatures expected to drop to the single digits next week in Clarksville-Montgomery County.

The Tennessee Department of Health says  the human body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced when exposed to cold temperatures.

Prolonged exposure to cold will eventually use up the body’s stored energy. The result is hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature.

Hypothermia affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well. Hypothermia is particularly dangerous because a person may not know it is happening and may not be able to do anything about it. Hypothermia is most likely to occur at very cold temperatures, but can occur even at temperatures above 40° F if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat or submersion in cold water.

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHFrostbite is an injury to the body caused by freezing, and results in a loss of feeling and color in affected areas. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage the body, and severe cases can lead to amputation. The risk of frostbite is increased in people with reduced blood circulation and among people who are not dressed properly for extremely cold temperatures.

Cold weather also puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s advice about shoveling snow, chopping wood or performing other hard work in the cold. Otherwise, if you have to do tiring outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly. Remember your body is already working hard just to stay warm, so don’t overdo it.

The following tips will help keep you and your family safe and healthy during extremely cold weather:

  • Try to stay indoors when weather is extremely cold, especially if winds are high. If you must go outdoors, make trips outside as brief as possible.
  • When going outside during very cold weather, adults and children should wear:
    • a hat
    • a scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth
    • sleeves that are snug at the wrist
    • mittens (they’re warmer than gloves)
    • a water-resistant coat and boots
    • several layers of loose-fitting clothing
  • Be sure the outer layer of your clothing is tightly woven to reduce body heat loss caused by wind. Wind-resistant fabrics are best. Wool, silk or polypropylene inner layers of clothing will hold more body heat than cotton.
  • Stay dry, as wet clothing chills the body rapidly. Excess perspiration will increase heat loss, so remove extra layers of clothing whenever you feel too warm.
  • Avoid getting gasoline or alcohol on your skin while fueling and deicing your car or using a snow blower. These substances in contact with the skin greatly increase heat loss from the body.
  • Do not ignore shivering. It’s an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages, which cause your body to lose heat more rapidly. Alcohol can also impair judgment and lead to ignoring signs of cold stress on the body.

Walking on ice is also extremely dangerous. Many cold weather injuries result from falls on ice-covered sidewalks, steps, driveways and porches. Keep your steps and walkways as free of ice as possible by using rock salt or another chemical deicing compound. Sand may also be used on walkways to reduce the risk of slipping.  Do not walk on ice covered bodies of water unless you know the thickness is sufficient to support your weight.

For more information on staying healthy during extreme cold weather, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site.


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