Do you know any good cold weather jokes?
It’s ok. We don’t either at this point.
And it’s about to get worse.
The National Weather Service office in Cleveland has issued a wind child advisory in effect from Wednesday at 7 p.m. until Thursday at 11 a.m. for an area that includes Richland, Ashland, Knox and Crawford counties.
The weather experts are predicting wind chills as low as minus-15 overnight. Actual temperature tonight will dip to around one degree. Add in a little breeze — and you get downright dangerous wind chills.
What exactly is a wind chill?
Forecasters often refer to it is the “feels-like” temperature. A wind chill is how cold it feels to your skin when the wind is factored in.
The wind strips away the thin layer of warm air above your skin. The stronger the wind, the more heat lost from your body, and the colder it will feel. When the winds are light, it will feel closer to the actual air temperature.
The kind of wind chill we expect tonight can pose risks to your health. The colder the wind chill, the higher risk for developing frostbite or hypothermia.
How can you stay safe, other than staying inside and tossing another log on the fire?
Dress for the weather, just like your mom told you. Dress in layers. Cover up that skin. Gloves. Boots. Hats. Leave as little skin exposed as possible.
It ain’t rocket science.
It’s winter in Ohio.