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Prepare for a Deep Freeze

Prepare for a Deep Freeze

High temperatures this week will struggle to get to 40°F, as a cold pattern dominates our weather this week. Lows will reach the mid 20s°F. While these temperatures are 10 degrees below normal, perhaps “deep freeze” is too strong a word, since in February we will look upon this month and remember how warm it was. Luckily (unluckily for snow sports enthusiasts), no snow is forecasted for this week.

When selecting how to dress warmly for the winter, not all clothes are created equal. Cotton for instance retains moisture and keeps your skin wet, making you feel even colder if you are sweating (say from trudging through snow) or caught in the rain. Wool is a better choice as a natural insulator. Synthetic materials, such as polyester fleece, can be manufactured for warmth and moisture retaining qualities (or lack thereof). Even nylon pantyhose or tights make a surprisingly good insulating layer when worn under jeans. In addition to layers of insulation, one should also wear an outer shell of windproof and waterproof material to make the insulating layers work.

Extended Forecast

Tonight: Clear. Low 29°F (-2°C).

Tomorrow: Sunny. High 39°F (4°C).

Tomorrow night: Partly cloudy. Low 25°F (-4°C).

Thursday: Partly sunny. High 42°F (6°C).

Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low 28°F (-2°C).

Friday: Partly sunny. High 41°F (5°C).