Eau Claire (WQOW)- The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory for Wisconsin on Tuesday, which has Eau Claire residents bundling up.
Wind chills are expected to drop as low as 30 degrees below zero throughout the week and not dressing appropriately can have serious health risks, including frostbite and hypothermia.
“I wear layers, and layers, and layers,” Janel Balsavich, a student at UW-Eau Claire, said. “I wear leggings under jeans, under sweat pants. I would be wearing my scarves, but those are keeping my crutches soft and comfortable right now.”
Wearing loose layers is best for keeping warm, according to Sacred Heart Hospital. Tight and restricting clothes can create sweat, which can chill bodies.
“This is my warmer jacket,” Dan Eutizzi, another UW-Eau Claire student, said. “I make sure I have wool socks on, long johns, and usually gloves and a hat, and put my head down and start trucking.”
In less than 20 minutes, frostbite can attack tissue, affecting someone for a lifetime.
"Sometimes it is not quite clear at presentation how drastic that skin injury will be, or that tissue injury,” Emergency Department Medical Director Dr. James Concannon said. “Sometimes it could even all go down into the nerve tissue, the vessels. Even bone can get destroyed by virtue of this recovery phase.”
Bodies can be physically and mentally effected when body temperatures get below 95 degrees. “A lot of things can happen to our circulation, our ability to think, and our ability to circulate and even conduct electrical impulses across the heart, so these injuries can definitely lead to death,” Concannon said.
Despite the cold temperatures, the City of Eau Claire has had a mild winter when compared to last year. Snowplows have been on the roads half as much, and the city has 1,000 tons more salt in storage than this time last year.
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