How much colder the wind chill can make you feel

When wind chills drop to 20 degrees below zero frostbite can occur in 30 minutes

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – We may have seen a good deal of sunshine Thursday but it did very little to warm us up. In fact cold temperatures along with strong gusty winds are making it feel bitterly cold.

The wind chill factor is used to describe the combined effect of cold and wind on your body. 

When you’re outside in the cold and your skin is exposed, heat is carried away from your body by the wind, lowering your skin temperature and eventually your internal body temperature.

When wind chills drop to 20 degrees below zero frostbite can occur in 30 minutes. That’s why it’s so important to protect yourself from the cold.

“When it’s cold like this I do wear a hat and also gloves. I bought special gloves they’re extra warm,” said George Torrey of Longmeadow. 

“I’m wearing a jacket a scarf, gloves so it’s very cold,” said Migda Mia of Springfield.

It may be a little early to be experiencing weather this cold but it does happen.

“This is typical New England weather, it’s going to come and we need to be prepared for it because this is where we live. I just hate to hear the heat go on every morning so early that’s all,” said Bob Stewart of Longmeadow.

Despite what you might think wind chill only affects humans and animals, it does not affect inanimate objects like your car or your house.

More Information:
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Interactive Radar Winter Safety Checklist