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How a wind chill watch/warning affects Marcellus CSD (UPDATED)

photo of a bundled up man standing in a blizzard
Jan. 3, 2018 -- The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a regional wind chill watch for Thursday evening through Saturday morning, warning of dangerously low wind chills, very cold temperatures and lake effect snow. (UPDATE: The alert was upgraded to a wind chill warning Thursday.)

The Marcellus Central School District will consider delaying or closing school when wind chills reach a level that could pose a health risk (i.e., approaching or exceeding 20 degrees below zero). The NWS watch indicates temperatures in Central New York could be as low as 15 to 25 below zero overnight Thursday into Friday morning. In the event it becomes necessary to close or delay school, the district will issue a School Messenger auto call to all households, as well as post an announcement on the district website and social media channels and alert local news media.

Such cold temperatures pose an elevated risk of frostbite and hypothermia. The weather service advises those who must be outdoors during such conditions to wear several layers of loose-fitting clothing and a tightly woven, wind-resistant, water-repellent outer layer with a hood.

Other tips:
  • Wear a hat because much of your body heat can be lost from your head.
  • Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
  • Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves.
  • Try to stay dry and out of the wind.
For more information about staying safe during severe winter weather, check out these resources:  

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