BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Mayor Michelle Wu has issued a cold emergency ahead of this weekend's dangerous winter blast that will plunge temperatures to well below zero.
The emergency will last from Friday, Feb. 3 to Sunday, Feb. 5. Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) will be activated as warming centers on Friday and Saturday. A full list of BCYF centers can be found here.
"Boston is moving quickly to ensure that everyone is protected from the intense cold weather that will start Friday and last through the weekend," Mayor Wu said in a statement. "I want to thank the many city teams who have already begun preparations and will be responding to this weekend’s brutal cold weather. I urge all Boston residents to take precautions, stay warm and safe, and check on your neighbors during this cold emergency."
According to city forecasts, the wind chill is predicted to be as low as -21 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday. On Saturday, the wind chill is predicted to be -27 degrees Fahrenheit, the lowest temperature this weekend.
City officials are reminding residents to take precautions for the extremely cold weather. This includes:
- Wearing several layers of clothing and making sure children and elderly are properly clothed
- Watch for signs of frostbite, such as loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose.
- Watch for signs of hypothermia, such as uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion.