Wind Chill & High Wind Watch issued for western Massachusetts

Make sure to protect your skin from cold

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Springfield has activated its cold weather emergency response plan to deal with dangerously frigid air moving into western Massachusetts. A Springfield “Prevention Team” will take calls from police and residents who need transportation to shelter services to keep warm.

Wednesday night, the National Weather Service issued a Wind Chill Watch and High Wind Watch for Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties. The Wind Chill Watch and High Wind Watch will both be in effect from late Thursday afternoon to Friday morning.

22News Meteorologist Brian Lapis predicts the wind chill could make it feel up to 20 below, over the next few days; “Wind chill takes away the heating capacity from your body, so the wind and the cold air combine to transfer the heat away from your body and that can cause frostbite.”

If you plan on being outside at all on Thursday, make sure you wear layers and bundle up.

High Wind Watch means:

There is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or stronger may occur. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

High Wind Watch means:

The potential exists for damaging winds. Be prepared for the possibility of scattered power outages. Due to the extreme cold also expected, make sure alternative heating sources are in a safe and well ventilated area in order to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Make sure to download the 22News Storm Team app for the latest forecast and temperatures.

More Information:
– Local Forecast – Weather Text Alerts
– Temperatures – Weather Email Alerts
– Weather News – WWLP 22News Weather App
– Interactive Radar – Live Area Webcams