Dangerous frigid temperatures expected this week in Forsyth County

Michelle Hall

(Forsyth County, GA) It has already looked and felt a lot like winter for the past few days in Forsyth County, despite the season not starting until Wednesday, December 21.

Residents in the area have been waking up to frost on the ground and ice on windshields since last week. Later this week, temperatures are expected to plummet to 10 degrees at night, with highs in the 20s.

The National Weather Service (NWS) reports a frigid air mass moving its way across the country is going to cause air temperatures and wind chills to drop to dangerously cold levels.

Stay safe in the cold

According to the NWS, the biggest risks to people during extremely cold weather are frostbite and hypothermia. Frostbite can set in on exposed skin in a matter of minutes, while hypothermia happens when the body loses heat faster than it produces it.

In a post on its Facebook page, the Forsyth County Government reminded citizens to take precautions when the weather gets this frigid and provided a link to ready.gov for useful tips to stay safe in the cold:

  • Pay close attention to weather reports
  • Prepare the home by adding insulation and weather stripping where necessary, turning off outside water sources to prevent pipes from freezing, and installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (or changing the batteries on existing ones)
  • Gather supplies, including food, water, batteries and medication in case you are stuck at home for a few days
  • Limit time spent outside and dress in warm layers
  • If stuck in a car, wait inside of it for help
  • Bring pets inside and have enough of their food on hand
  • Bring in potted flowers or plants and cover fragile ones planted in the ground

Ready.gov also reminds everyone to take extra precautions to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning by only using a generator or grill outdoors and away from windows. Homes should never be heated with a gas stovetop or oven.

If you have a news tip in Forsyth County, email Michelle Hall at michelle.hall@newsbreak.com

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