Frostbite a concern in brutal cold

National Weather Service is predicting dangerously cold temperatures for the area this week.

A wind chill warning is in effect for the area until noon Wednesday. The wind chill advisory was canceled.

According to National Weather Service, a wind chill warning is issued when strong wind is to combine with cold temperatures to create dangerously cold conditions for exposed skin.

Temperatures were to drop to 5 degrees below zero to 12 degrees below zero overnight and frigid temperatures are predicted again tonight. National Weather Service predicted today’s highs would be zero to 5 degrees above zero and stated wind chill readings of 20 degrees below zero to 30 degrees below zero would be common much of the time.

Hypothermia and frostbite can occur as a result of cold temperatures.

The weather service encouraged people to use common sense, dress warmly and in layers, and make sure all exposed skin is covered if they will be outside. It also encouraged them to avoid prolonged exposure to the cold if possible to prevent frostbite and hypothermia.

The National Weather Service predicted temperatures and wind chills gradually would improve Wednesday night into Thursday.

Seneca County remained under a Level 2 snow emergency Monday evening.

Under a Level 2 snow emergency, roads are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow, and only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on them, according to Seneca County Sheriff’s Office.

Area schools started canceling today’s classes Monday evening.