A winter storm warning and subsequent wind chill watch is in effect for Northfield (and much of the Midwest) through Thursday morning. Wind chill readings are expected to plunge to 30-50 degrees below zero. A wind chill warning means the combination of very cold air and winds will create dangerously cold wind chill values. This can result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia, which in severe conditions can be life-threatening, if precautions are not taken.
Exposed skin (fingers, ears, face, etc.) can suffer frostbite in as little as 10 minutes.
Here are some precautions to take:
- Dress Warmly and Stay Dry: You should wear a hat, scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth, sleeves that are snug at the wrist, mittens (which are warmer than gloves), water-resistant coat and boots, several layers of loose-fitting clothing.
- Outdoor Safety: When the weather is extremely cold, and especially if there are high winds, try to stay indoors as much as is practical. Make any trips outside as brief as possible.
- Eat and Drink Wisely: Do not drink alcoholic or caffeinated beverages—they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly. Instead, drink warm, sweet beverages or broth to help maintain your body temperature. If you have any dietary restrictions, ask your doctor.
Weather updates and additional information about wind chills, frostbite, and hypothermia can be found at the following web sites:
- NOAA’s National Weather Service, Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services
- Centers for Disease Control
If you have any questions, feel free to call the Dean of Students Office at 507-222-4075.
Carolyn H. Livingston, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students