It's so cold out that Marathon County is closing all outdoor ice rinks. That's according to an announcement made Wednesday.
Rinks at John Marshall School, Thom Field, Riverview School, Grant School, Marathon Park and the 400 block will all be closed.
The Operations Super with the county says the wind chills Northcentral Wisconsin has been seeing are dangerous to anyone who's outside too long.
"At temperatures of minus 20, when flesh can freeze, we close the ice rinks." Ken Krueger, Operations Superintendent for the Wausau and Marathon County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department.
The county says they will consider re-opening the rinks on Friday if it gets warmer out.
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Preparing for Cold Weather
Pay close attention to weather changes, especially when the temperature falls quickly within a short period of time.
Put on dry, light and comfortable clothes that are good for keeping warm. Do not put on clothes that are too bulky, and do not dress too tightly, which may restrict blood circulation or hinder body movements. Be sure to keep the head, neck, hands and feet warm.
Eat and drink hot and easily digestible food and beverages with higher calories, like hot milk, soup, noodles and rice. Alcohol is not a good means for keeping warm. Although one feels warm immediately after drinking alcohol, it actually accelerates the loss of body heat, as alcohol dilates blood vessels.
Keep your home warm, but well ventilated. To keep out drafts, repair cracks in windows, doors and walls. When using electric heaters, make sure there is indoor ventilation. Do not overload the electrical sockets which could overheat and lead to fire or burn injuries.
What is hypothermia?
Tips to avoiding hypothermia
Before you or your children step out into cold air temperatures, remember this simple advice: C-O-L-D.
Source: A compilation of Web Reports contributed to this report.
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