Millions of Americans are grappling with the impacts of an arctic blast that is sweeping across the nation. The arctic blast continues to unleash cold winds and lots of heavy snow across the nation. This is causing travel disruptions, and many people are experiencing power outages. Winter Storm in US: More Than 142 Million People Under Wind Chill Alert As Arctic Blast Sweeps Across America, Bringing Record-Low Temperatures.
What Is an Arctic Blast?
An arctic blast is when extremely cold air from the North Pole comes down toward the South in areas that are not used to such chill, making everything very cold. It brings with it freezing temperatures, strong winds, and, at times, even snow. This weather can be tricky, dangerous, and extremely risky for people, pets, and even the infrastructure of the place. It is very important for people to stay indoors, stay warm, be updated on the news for weather updates, be alert, and be careful.
Where Is the Arctic Blast in the US Going to Hit?
The ongoing arctic blast first began affecting the nation on Sunday. The arctic blast enveloped most of the US. Leading dailies have reported that the arctic blast not only unleashed its fury in the northern regions but brought snow to the southern parts as well. Additionally, the Midwest continues to face travel disruptions due to strong winds stirring up the snow.
How Long Is the Arctic Blast Happening in the US Expected to Last?
The arctic blast that began last Sunday is expected to linger until the end of this week.
How Quickly Can You Get Frostbite in an Arctic Blast?
According to experts, in an arctic blast, you can get frostbite in as little as five minutes, depending on your location, the temperature, and the speed of the winds. Frostbite is like a burn. It happens when your skin and tissues freeze. A frostbite can happen if the body is exposed to freezing or below-freezing temperatures for a prolonged period of time. As the temperature falls, the risk of getting frostbite increases. Frostbite mostly affects exposed areas like the ears, fingers, nose, and toes. What happens is that when you are dealing with extremely cold temperatures, your body tries to protect the vital organs. To do this, it reduces blood flow to your arms and legs, letting them freeze. It’s your body’s survival plan to keep your important parts safe, even if your outer parts may get very cold. For instance, if the temperature is zero degrees or falls below zero degrees, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 15 minutes to freeze. To stay safe, stay inside, stay warm, and cover up!
How to Prepare for Arctic Blast Weather?
Simple steps can help you prepare and stay safe for arctic blast weather. Stay updated on the weather, wear lots of layers, cover up from head to toe, and avoid venturing out unless absolutely necessary. Try to keep your home warm. Ensure you have all your emergency supplies, like food, water, and a medical kit. Check if your car is in working condition, just in case. Stay in touch with your family, friends, and neighbours to share updates and plans and to keep a watch on each other. Keep your plants and pets indoors. In addition, take extra care if you already have health ailments. US Winter Storm: Arctic Freeze Continues To Blast Huge Swaths of the US With Sub-Zero Temperatures.
The severe arctic blast has plunged the United States into below-freezing temperatures. As people continue to grapple with the arctic blast, it serves as a reminder that weather and climate can be unpredictable, and it’s crucial to be prepared for such events.
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