With the Roseville area reporting temperatures of -11 to -13 this morning, the start to the new month is one of the coldest of this winter.
Please take extra precautions if you are going outside. Here is what experts advise:
- Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Trapped air between the layers will insulate you. Outer garments should be tightly woven, water repellent, and hooded.
- Wear a hat, because 40 percent of your body heat can be lost from your head.
- Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
- Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves.
- Try to stay dry and out of the wind.
- Motorists are urged to pack along extra clothing and a blanket in case of problems
With our subzero temperature, extreme caution is warranted to avoid frostbite and hypothermia. At 40 below zero, going outdoors for more than 30 minutes without gloves or a face mask could result in frostbite. Pets can also suffer from the cold, even on short walks.
If wind chills dip as low as expected, the city of Roseville's outdoor city skating rinks will be closed.
"Parks and Recreation’s policy is to close rinks when temperatures dip below -25 degrees or windchills below -15 degrees.," Carolyn Curti, a Roseville city communications specialist, told Roseville Patch.
Meanwhile, Curti said, "We’ll take the usual precautions to protect (municipal) workers, while meeting the needs of the city. Employees receive first aid/safety training which includes working in extreme cold and recognizing hypothermia. Workers wear adequate clothing to protect themselves when outdoors."
However, the junior long-track speedskating championships at the John Rose Oval are proceeding as scheduled, said Ray Larson, communications director for the Midway Speedskating Club. To find out more about that event click on to this Patch story.
At Roseville School District 623, officials don't have to worry about K-8 students being out in the cold this morning either walking to school or waiting for buses. There are no classes for these students because it's a staff development day for teachers, said Kathy Englund, a district spokeswoman. But classes at Roseville High School are in session today, she noted.