Children head to school in below zero wind chill



Posted on February 5, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 5 at 7:00 PM

SPOKANE, Wash--Despite a wind chill warning and bitter cold temperatures Wednesday, crossing guards helped children across the Inland Northwest get to school safely.

Substitute crossing guard Paul Bemis stood outside Adams Elementary on the South Hill of Spokane.

“I don’t think we’re going to get too many walkers today,” Bemis said. “It’s very few kids this morning.”

Bemis said he had no doubts as to why walking traffic was so slow Wednesday.

“It’s pretty cold,” he said. “I think parents are taking them to school, so not much traffic.”

Bemis added that he did not want his own children walking to school and drove them in before heading to work. 

Officials warned the public of the dangers of frostbite with single digit temperatures and below zero wind chills.

Working in construction for many years made Bemis no stranger to working outside in cold temperatures.  

“If you’re not dressed properly, you can get frost bitten,” Bemis said. “Luckily I’ve never gotten it.”

Still, Bemis said he worried about some kids.

“I saw a little boy going to school yesterday with his shorts on,” he said.

Parents, such as Kevin Myers dressed their children in the opposite.

“She’s got her snow coat on her head and gloves,” Myers said about his daughter. “Hopefully they’ll all come back. That’s a big thing with kids.”

Another parent, Kelsea Maine, followed the same protocol with her son.

“It is really cold outside,” she said. “He’s bundled up. He’s got a sweater, and a coat and three pairs of gloves.”