After an extremely mild end to 2018, a blast of cold will drop temperatures to levels we haven't seen since last winter. Single-digit temps will end the work week and it will stay cold through the weekend.

A sharp turn in the weather can catch even the most-prepared Alaskans off guard, but there are some things you can do to stay prepared for the upcoming cold. 

Bundle Up

Just like mom used to say, dress in layers. It really does make a difference. 

This infographic from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) does a great job of summing up the different attire for different degrees of cold.

Layers are the key to winter warmth. Each additional layer should add a new element to the overall dress for the elements. Don't forget the hat and gloves!

Wind

Wind can be a game changer. Even a little wind can cut through layers of clothing. 

It's all about trapping your body's radiant heat. This will help keep you warm in all weather elements. 

Hypothermia – Know the signs

Cold can be dangerous. If your body temperature drops to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, hypothermia sets in. Hypothermia is a medical condition that can cause failure of the heart, respiratory system, and even death.

Know the signs, and seek shelter and medical attention at the signs of hypothermia onset. 

 

Driving

Just like you, your car needs to be prepared for winter's cold. Making sure your battery holds its charge, keeping your gas tank full, as well as having proper tires and an emergency kit are a good start. Driving for the weather can save your life. 

We're Alaskans and this is Alaska. While a lot of this might seem like common sense, being prepared can be the difference between an minor inconvenience and a dangerous situation. 

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