CENTRAL NEW YORK (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Warning for Oneida, Herkimer, and Otsego County from 7 pm Friday 1/14/2022, until 1 pm Saturday 1/15/2022. Dangerously cold wind chills as low as 20 to 40 below zero are expected. 

The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

Frostbite is the freezing of skin and the body tissue just beneath it. It first affects exposed body tissue where blood circulation may be limited such as your fingers, toes, nose and ears. When frostbite starts, feeling is lost in the affected area and the frozen tissue will take on a white or pale appearance. If you suspect you are experiencing frostbite, hold the frostbitten area closely against warm skin to return blood flow and warmth to the affected area.

To minimize your risk of frostbite, make sure all body parts are well covered. Avoid outside activities if possible. When outside, make sure to wear appropriate clothing and cover up any exposed skin.