INDIANAPOLIS — People in central Indiana are facing some of the coldest temperatures the city has seen some time. The temperature in Indianapolis at 6 a.m. Thursday morning was 3 degrees.
Health experts reminded Hoosiers to keep an eye out for the warning signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
The CDC lists symptoms of hypothermia in adults as shivering, exhaustion, confusion, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness. In infants, red skin that is cold to the touch and lack of energy can be signs of hypothermia. If someone’s body temperature drops to 95 degrees, they need immediate medical attention.
Frostbite is also a concern for anyone spending time outside during the cold snap. The National Weather Service issued a wind chill warning for Northern Indiana Thursday morning with the warning that exposed skin can get frostbite in just a matter of minutes.
The wind chill in Indianapolis Thursday morning was between -5 and -10 degrees. Several area schools delayed the start of the day to give buses a chance to warm up and to prevent students from waiting at bus stops during the coldest part of the morning.
According to doctors from St. Vincent Health, some people are more at risk for frostbite including people who smoke, drink alcohol, or have diabetes.
Many people in Indianapolis braved the temperatures Thursday morning.
“It’s freezing! I’m on my way to work now but I really didn’t want to get out of bed this morning,” said Brian Johnson.
“Well it’s nice and warm in the car, I’ve got heated seats, so I’m just filling up the tank, gotta make sure you have plenty of gas,” said Karen Simon, who was stopping at the gas station on her way home from work.