Wind chill advisory lasting through Monday issued for West Michigan


    <p>Cold temperatures coupled with breezy conditions Saturday evening prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Wind Chill Advisory. The advisory was scheduled to take effect 9 p.m. Saturday and continue through 10 a.m. Sunday. (WWMT/Chime In){/p}

    Bitter cold temperatures coupled with light wind expected Sunday evening prompted the National Weather Service to issue another wind chill advisory that will last through noon Monday.

    The advisory was scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. for every county in West Michigan with the exception of Berrien County.

    Wind chills were expected to be as low as 20 to 25 degrees below zero and could cause frostbite on exposed skin in less than 30 minutes.

    The advisory read "a wind chill advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken."

    Remember these tips when dealing with bitter cold:

    • Dress in warm, loose fitting layers
    • Wear a hat and gloves or mittens
    • Limit any exposed skin
    • Keep your clothing and accessories dry
    • Know the signs of hypothermia, which include intense shivering, slurred speech, slow shallow breathing, weak pulse, clumsiness, drowsiness, and confusion/memory loss
    • Take heated breaks inside if you have to be out. Elderly adults are most susceptible to cold related health complications
    • Remember your pets

    The cold temperatures and biting wind chills came at a bad time for the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society, who were planning a lunar eclipse watch gathering at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. The group encouraged its followers on social media to enjoy the lunar eclipse, but briefly.


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