Tips for avoiding frostbite ahead of subzero temps in Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Frostbite and hypothermia are always a concern in the winter, especially when the temperatures drop below zero.

“When we are looking at that negative 35 to negative 45, we are looking at frost bites and hypothermia potential” said meteorologist Jeremy Wesely with the Hastings National Weather Service. 

The forecast high on Thursday is minus 3, and nighttime temps are expected to be well below zero for several days.

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Experts say any exposed skin could get frost bites in less than 30 minutes. Some cases might be even more extreme.

“At negative 40, you can have frostbites in less than ten minutes,” Wesely said.

Eric Jensen, community educator for CHI Health St. Elizabeth’s burn unit, suggested limiting your time outside when the temperature drops below 5 degrees.

If you need to be outside, there are some tips you will want to follow. 

“Dress in layers,” Channel 8 Meteorologist Malcolm Byron said. “It’s going to be important just to retain the body heat as much as possible. And lastly, you want to cover exposed body parts.”

Avoid alcohol and caffeine before spending time outdoors and drink warm fluids when back inside.

For those traveling, make sure you have plenty of gas, a charged phone, extra warm clothes and some water and snacks in case of car troubles.

Lincoln Public Schools says if there is no school on Thursday, it will call families Wednesday by about 10 p.m. or as early as 5:45 a.m. Thursday.

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The city bus system might also be affected. The Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Department said StarTran riders may experience bus service delays with the winter weather approaching.  

LTU says people should plan accordingly and allow extra travel time.

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