Extreme cold weather can lead to serious health issues. Exposure to cold may lead to low body temperature, frostbite, hypothermia, and even death. Shoveling snow or exercising in the cold could lead to heart attacks and stroke.
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Hypothermia: body temperature falls below 95ºF. Nearly 600 Americans die each year from hypothermia.
The wind chill index is the temperature your body feels when the air temperature is combined with the wind speed.
Wind chill is based on the rate at which exposed skin loses heat, caused by the effects of wind and cold. As wind speed increases, body heat is lost more quickly. This causes skin temperature to drop.
High winds can lead to serious health problems, even when temperatures are only cool.
Use the layered approach when going outdoors:
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death. It is produced whenever fuel is burned, such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal. If appliances that burn fuel are used properly, the amount of carbon monoxide produced is usually not hazardous. However, if appliances are not working properly, are used incorrectly, or are not well ventilated, dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can result.
Depending on the amount of snow, roads can take time to be plowed. The Maryland Department of Transportation plows Interstates, roads with U.S. numbered routes, and roads with Maryland numbered routes only. Other roads (like neighborhoods) are plowed by your County's Department of Public Works.
As a rule, roads are plowed in this order:
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