Experts offer tips on how to stay warm during the weekend’s big chill

BARTON  COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Bitter cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills are heading to Kansas this weekend. According to experts, preparation is key for this weekend’s big chill.

“We have to prepare for that and not find ourselves out without a coat or something on your head,” said Lt. Stephen Billinger, of the Barton County Sheriff’s Office.

If you’re going outside or traveling — thick jackets, scarves, gloves and hats should be part of your cold weather gear this weekend.

“You can even buy the hand warmer packs that activate with oxygen to keep your hands warms if you become stranded,” said Billinger.

He also recommended keeping a blanket in your vehicle to stay warm.

KSN’s Amanda Aguilar spoke to a local nurse practitioner, who said people are going to be more at risk for hypothermia this weekend.

“Our bodies — especially the very elderly and the very young, the people susceptible — can’t handle that cold exposure for very long before hypothermia can set in very quickly,” said Mike Moore, from Great Bend Regional Hospital.

Moore said it’s important to check on the elderly this weekend to make sure they’re bundled up too.

Health officials know there’s a lot of outside winter activities, and people may still need to do their holiday shopping —  but they said if you don’t have to go outside, then just stay inside and stay warm.