Drifting To Become A Big Issue

By Maureen Mespell
By Scott Sarvay

February 2, 2011 Updated Feb 2, 2011 at 6:15 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - It's been snowing all week long and with temperatures expected to stay well below freezing for the rest of the week, this snow won't be melting any time soon.

With all the snow on the ground and winds picking up over the next couple of days, that means a lot of drifting. And in our northern counties, that's going to be the case, but from Fort Wayne on to the south, we have about an eighth of an inch layer of ice on top of all that snow.

What that ice does is keep a lot of that snow compacted so drifting will be minimalized.

Cold, arctic air is right behind this winter system, and temperatures won't go much higher than the upper teens. Factor in the winds, and frostbite can occur on exposed skin in less than 15 minutes.

Dr. Gerry Easterday says, “First thing you're going to feel is kind of like a burning, almost like a stinging sensation. You can get some color change. Your skin can get very red. If you see that, you just need to get inside."

So make sure to bundle up and cover as much skin as possible when you're heading outside.

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