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Preparing for frigid temperatures Submitted: 01/04/2014
Story By Shardaa Gray

Preparing for frigid temperatures
RHINELANDER - Temperatures will soon drastically drop here in the Northwoods.

Some schools have already cancelled classes Monday to avoid exposing their students to temperatures that can cause frostbite and hypothermia.

Health officials urge people to stay inside.

But if you must leave your house, you need to dress properly.

"The key is multiple layers of clothing, good wind-proof on the outer shell, good hats good ear muffs; face protection," said Mel's Trading Post owner, Mitch Mode.

"Face protection might be a scarf or a neck gaiter or it might be some skin cream."

A Northwoods man says he has to walk outside no matter the temperature.

He has parkinson's disease and walks to stay active.

He also avoids frostbite and hypothermia by wearing layers and covering his face.

"When it gets windy, that's when it's a little brutal, but otherwise it's not bad," Lac du Flambeau resident, Dan Davidson said.

"I would normally have a hat on what you call a gator. It comes up around here. A neck gaiter."

You can stay warm by wearing wool or synthetic socks, as opposed to cotton.

Cotton is more likely to absorb moisture and can cause you to get colder faster.

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