RICHMOND (WRIC)—The freezing temperatures heading to Central Virginia this week could be downright dangerous.
Exposure to the cold can pose serious health risks. Grayish-blue discoloration of the hands could indicate frostnip, frostbite causes physical damage to the skin and hypothermia occurs when the body temperature drops below a certain level.
Captain Jason Roach of the Richmond Ambulance Authority says there is no specific timeline for when these ailments can happen; it depends on an individual's tolerance, exposure and health.
"Everybody's body is different; different folks have different medical conditions that may enhance that, or that may slow that process down," Roach said. "So, we always recommend that if you're gonna be outside in weather like this, make sure you wear the appropriate layers of clothing."
Captain Roach also says the hands, feet and face are more likely to get frostnip and frostbite.
"When you start seeing discoloration in your fingers and your toes, or your nose or your earlobes, and that discoloration does not go away when you start re-warming, that's a good indication that you need to seek medical attention," Roach said.
Rain is also in the forecast; Roach says to be extra careful to stay dry in the cold, wet weather.
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