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Dangerously cold winter blast grips Southeastern Wisconsin

Mother Nature is packing a mean punch to start the third week of November. Temperatures across Southeastern Wisconsin are expected reach 20 degrees, but the wind chill will make it feel in the single digits or below zero.

The frigid weather can spell trouble for those who have to be outside. They key to staying warm and safe is bundling up. Dress in layers, wear a hat, as most of your body heat is lost through your head, gloves, scarf, warm boots and a coat.

According to the National Weather Service, at a wind chill of 0 degrees, frost bite can set in within 30 minutes. The most common areas for frost bite are fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin. Those out in the elements for long periods of time are also at risk for hypothermia.

\"[I] made sure I had gloves and put a hat on because the warmest spot is in the top of your head,\" said Debra Holifield. \"So as long as you have that covered you're pretty warm.

In the streets of Downtown Milwaukee, people wrapped up from head to toe in ski masks, scarves and gloves as they walked around or waited at the bus stop. Ice has also formed on the Milwaukee River and the paddle boat lagoon near the Lakefront.

Some people we spoke to say they'd rather have snow instead of the extreme cold, but they're dealing with Mother Nature's latest blow as best they can.

\"It's everyday for me. I'm used to the winter,\" said Delaundrus Burkett. \"It's a good day. I like the snow flying around. I'm pretty bundled up so its not bad for me.\"

Children

and the elderly are most vulnerable in the extreme cold. It's important to keep a close eye on them and bring any pets indoors.

It's just as important to prepare your car for the winter weather. Be sure to check your fluids, battery power, keep a full tank of gas so the fuel line doesn't freeze and prepare an emergency kit. Items to have include jumper cables, shovel, snow scraper and brush, blankets, extra clothes and batteries.

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