Extreme cold has far-reaching effects, from danger from exposure to the elements, the increasing cost of natural gas and heating fuel (which are already peaking due to seasonality), and the curtailing of some services and logistics that involve transportation.
To avoid injury, time outside should be avoided or limited as exposure to such temperatures can cause frostbite in just 5–10 minutes. Those with animals or valuables outside should heed warnings and take the proper precautions.
Inanimate objects are not subject to wind chill, but this extreme cold will have an effect on vehicle operation.
Businesses will also need to consider a change in operations. Outdoor activities and operations in manufacturing facilities may need to slow or halt. Chemical plants and refineries, which may be used to cold winters, should confirm insulated pipes and tanks are properly prepared for the cold to avoid shutdown.
If you have a professional weather service like StormGeo monitoring your operations, check in with your online weather portal, be ready for notifications from your weather team and have them join your internal calls to provide the latest, location-specific forecasts. It’s important you stay updated, whether your weather source is the local television meteorologist or a team of experts like StormGeo. Conditions in your area can change, so make sure you’re aware of those changes so that you, your family and your employees are properly prepared.
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