Bitter cold in its way to Wisconsin

By KBJR News 1

Bitter cold in its way to Wisconsin

February 26, 2014 Updated Feb 26, 2014 at 3:46 PM CDT

Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- State agencies warn about bitter cold on the way.

A blast of arctic air will continue to cover the state for the next several days, with wind chills set at 10-35 below zero along with the possibility of record-setting low temps.

This extreme cold brings several health risks including hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide and driving dangers.

Frostbite can occur in less than 20 minutes on exposed skin and symptoms include loss of feeling as well as white/pale appearance of fingers, toes, ears and nose.

Signs of hypothermia are shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness. Infant symptoms can be bright red and cold skin as well as very low energy.

Several areas have warming sites you can go to if you do not have heat. Here is a list of those sites in Wisconsin.

If you are in need of emergency heating assistance, for more information please click here or call 1–866–HEATWIS. If you are in a local emergency heating situation dial 211.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide overexposure include headaches, fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea/vomiting and confusion. If you have experienced overexposure to carbon monoxide or if the detector alarms head outside immediately and call 911.

To avoid overexposure you can make sure all exhaust vents are free of obstructions and never use a gas oven or charcoal grill as a heat source. For more information on carbon monoxide please click here.

If you are traveling it is a good idea to have a winter emergency kit with you at all times. You can dial 511 for the latest road conditions across Wisconsin or click here.

Ramona Marozas