Columbus Residents Brave Freezing Temperatures


UPDATED: Tuesday January 22, 2013 6:27 AM

Jonathan Tichenor wished he could stay inside Monday night.

“Just stay bundled up. And if you don't have to go out, stay in your warm house. There's no reason to go out unless you have too,” said Tichenor.

Tichenor said he had extra layers on as he waited at the bus stop, but they were not working as well as he would have liked.

“The wind is crucifying. Its breaking through the jackets,” said Devin Delco. “I could deal with the cold itself but it's the wind chill. It's the wind that gets you.”

The wind was enough to cause traffic lights to sway overnight at various intersections in Columbus. The flags at the statehouse also blew in the stiff breeze.

Experts said that frost bite can occur in as little as ten minutes.

If you have to be out in the cold, make sure to wear plenty of layers, including hats and gloves.

Doctors say to be aware of any painful, prickly or itching sensations in your fingers and toes. Frost bite can also feel like a tingling or numbing.

If you see your exposed skin appearing red, white, pale or grayish-yellow, that could also be a sign of frost bite. Experts said skin could also appear hard or waxy-looking if you have symptoms of frost bite.

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