Winds dying down but temperatures dropping for at least a week, with windchills reaching zero and below

BREAKING: A bitter cold spell continues to be forecast for at least the next week in Allegany and surrounding counties, with windchill readings predicted for minus zero levels each night and, sometimes, during the day.

The Wind Advisory expired at 4PM, with wind gusts gradually dying down, but temperatures and general wind levels will keep windchills at dangerous levels.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is cautioning against any extended exposure to the cold and recommending a watchful eye on family members, neighbors and friends, particularly children, the elderly and disabled, and pets. Outdoor workers also are of concern.

Air temperatures of zero, with a wind speed of 15MPH can result in frostbite in a half hour, according to the NWS.

Additional exposure can result in hypothermia, a condition brought on when the body temperature drops to less than 95°F, they say. “It can kill. For those who survive, there are likely to be lasting kidney, liver and pancreas problems.”

Attempts to keep homes and other facilities warm during a cold spell also are of concern from a safety aspect.

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