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Be Prepared And Bundle Up For Severe Temperature Drop

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Our news partner WCPO reports that this coming cold is enough to bring on frost bite in about 30 minutes.

Temperatures are expected to drop to zero and below later this week as the next winter storm moves across the country. The National Weather Service expects cold air and snow to move in to the Tri-State starting Tuesday night.

The forecast includes high winds, which will not only make it feel colder than it actually is, but can also bring down power lines, causing outages.

The Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) says it's smart to think about where to go for warmth before the storm hits.

Cincinnati Recreation Centers will be available as warming shelters, during regular business hours. For communities outside of Cincinnati, contact local governmental leaders, police or fire departments.

EMA also says in a release the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County can be used as a place to stay warm during regular business hours.

If the electricity at home goes out, EMA has a number of suggestions:

  • Wear several layers of clothing and use blankets to keep warm
  • Gather members of the household together in one room and close the doors to rooms that aren't in use
  • Keep blinds and curtains closed, to keep warm air in, and cold air out
  • Close the garage door
  • Gas-powered generators can get the heat back on, but they should only be operated outdoors, away from windows and doors

The American Red Cross has a number of tips on dealing with extreme cold as well. A spokesperson for the local chapter says they work with the EMA during harsh weather. "If requested by EMA officials, or if the need expands beyond the capacity of municipal resources, then we will open emergency shelters," Marita Salkowski says in a statement.

Bill Rinehart started his radio career as a disc jockey in 1990. In 1994, he made the jump into journalism and has been reporting and delivering news on the radio ever since.