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Dangerous Cold

Frigid temperatures and wind are a dangerous combination. Health experts say limit your time outside and make sure you're bundled up especially with a biting wind.

Keeping extremities covered especially anything that's a tip.  You want to have extra layers covering the hands, the toes and the face when there's bitter wind like we're having right now, says Sarah Mannle at Medwest Urgent Care in Waynesville.

Mannle says in weather like this it's also vital to stay as dry as possible to avoid things like frostbite and hypothermia.

Hypothermia is where the actual core body temperature starts to decrease.  This of course can happen when you're dealing with heavy wind shield... wind chill, she says.

James Costa  runs the Highlands Biological Station and says many insects like wasps are in a type of hibernation through the winter. He expects a higher mortality rate due to the cold.... but says many will fly come Spring.

A lot of species have anti-freeze ...a kind of glycol... similar to what we use in our cars in their blood stream, says Costa.

By Rex Hodge
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