Things are going to get very cold here in the Berkshires' from the National Weather Service

 WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM EST FRIDAY
WIND CHILL WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM FRIDAY TO 7 AM EST SUNDAY

Extreme Cold Safety Tips

We took a visit over to the MEMA site which you can find on the mass.gov website

Extreme cold is generally defined as a prolonged period of excessively cold weather. Extreme cold conditions are often, but not always, part of winter storms.

Why Prepare?

Winter in Massachusetts almost always includes periods of extreme cold weather. Exposure to cold can cause frostbite or hypothermia and has the potential to become life-threatening. Although anyone can suffer from cold-related health issues, some people are at greater risk than others, such as:

  • Older adults
  • Young children
  • Those who are sick; and
  • Those without adequate shelter
  • If you know of a neighbor who is on their own you might want to pay a visit to make sure they are ok.

Wind Chill Advisories and Warnings

The National Weather Service issues wind chill advisories and warnings to alert the public of potential extreme temperatures. Learn more about the Wind Chill Index.

Wind Chill Advisory

Is when the wind chill index is between -15°F and -24°F for at least three hours.

Wind Chill Warning

That will change to a warning when the wind chill index is below -25°F for at least three hours.

What to do before extreme cold weather hits