Though we’re not breaking any records, temperatures are well below freezing in Rhode Island.
Thermometers are barely climbing out of the single digits across the state. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory. The chill predicted to drop to twenty below. Meteorologist Alan Dunham said that dangerously low. “Well whenever you get wind chill temperatures this cold, you can start getting frostbite in only thirty minutes, with wind chill temperatures twenty degrees below zero,” said Dunham.
Residents need to bundle up if they’re headed outside said Dunham. “You really need to make sure you’re dressed in layers, because multiple layers is better for you than one thick layer. Make sure your head and ears are covered, because that’s where your body loses a lot of heat.”
Providence resident Diane Estrella said the unseasonably warm weather early in the winter didn’t prepare her for the now-frigid temperatures. “I’m not liking it too much, I don’t like having all this gear on, and I’m still cold. We had too many nice days, days that were like the spring or the fall in the middle of December. I’m not used to this cold at all,” said Estrella.
Area resident Ruth Davis said she’s been living in Rhode Island for twenty years, but she still can’t get used to the cold. “I guess I’m looking forward to the spring… you never get used to it, it’s always kind of miserable.”
Temperatures Thursday are not predicted to get higher than the teens. Things warm up Friday into the low thirties.