Frostbite could set in quickly during Spokane’s sub-zero temperatures

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by BRIANA BERMENSOLO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 6 at 8:00 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The sub-zero temperatures on Friday night will not just be uncomfortable, they will be dangerous.

KREM 2 News did an experiment using a pig ear because the flesh of a pig ear is a lot like human flesh. We left one ear inside and put the other outside. Within minutes, the ear that was put outside started to show signs of frostbite.

The combination of frigid temperatures and wind will result in dangerously cold wind chill values across most of the Inland Northwest. This means frostbite is a real possibility.

If Spokane gets down to the forecasted wind chill of 15 below zero on Friday night, frostbite may only take 30 minutes to set in to exposed areas like ears, nose, fingers or toes.

If Coeur d’Alene feels like 20 degrees below zero, it could take 15 minutes for frostbite to set in.

In the higher elevations of Montana and Canada where wind chill values should drop to 30 degrees below zero, frostbite potential will push towards the 10-minute mark.

The stronger the winds or the lower temperatures drop, the faster frostbite will set in.

 

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