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People preparing for bitter cold this week

People across Fort Wayne are getting ready for sub-zero highs this week.

Posted: Jan. 28, 2019 9:12 PM
Updated: Jan. 28, 2019 10:31 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - People across Fort Wayne are getting ready for sub-zero highs this week.

"Pick up what I need to get, maybe some salt to put down on the sidewalks and make sure I have some extra bread in the house, obviously," said Adrian Strickrott.

"I'm not ready, but I'm more than happy to stay in the house and do nothing," said Michelle Lauer.

Lauer and Strickrott were working to clear snow and ice from their sidewalks Monday before the extreme cold sets in.

"We went shopping last week so we have everything. I think we are going to actually just stay in and enjoy it," Lauer said.

That's exactly what doctors are urging you to do because frost bite will be able to form within 5 to 10 minutes.

If you do need to go out, make sure you are taking precautions.

"Take frequent breaks, come in and warm up, good warm hydration also helps, reduce exposed skin," said Mustafa Moshref, NP.

Temperatures that low have some concerned about refreezing on the roads.

INDOT crews are working around the clock to get them dry.

"Once those sub zero temperatures come in, it makes it really hard for the salt to work and do its job. Salt is still effective, but it is less effective under 10 degrees," said INDOT spokeswoman Nichole Thomas.

For more information on frostbite, click here.

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