FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- With strong winds rattling windows, causing subzero wind chills and blowing debris, a Wind Advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday in Fairfield County, the National Weather Service said.
Strong winds are blowing today across all of Connecticut and the Hudson Valley.
Winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts of up to 45 mph were blowing Tuesday and causing difficult driving conditions, the weather service warned.
The winds were also creating wind chills as low as 18 below zero across Fairfield County as temperatures dropped into the single digits. Temperatures will rise to only 8 to 12 degrees on Tuesday.
Prolonged exposure to bitter cold and wind could lead to frostbite and hypothermia. People should bundle up and wear hats and gloves when outdoors.
The Connecticut chapter of the American Red Cross warns people to avoid unnecessary exposure to the cold. When you prepare to go outside in severe cold weather, remember the following:
- Most of your body heat is lost through your head so wear a hat, preferably one that covers your ears.
- Dressing in layers helps you retain heat. You can remove layers as needed if you become too warm.
- Mittens provide more warmth to your hands than gloves.
- Wear waterproof, insulated boots to help avoid hypothermia or frostbite by keeping your feet warm and dry and to maintain your footing in ice and snow.
- Get out of wet clothes immediately and warm the core body temperature with a blanket or warm fluids like hot cider or soup. Avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol if you expect you or someone you are trying to help has hypothermia or frostbite.
For more tips, read this story in The Daily Voice.