By Brenda Waters

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The below freezing temperatures forced some school districts to delay the start of school today.

Downtown commuters dealt with the frigid temperature while walking to their destinations as well.

With temperatures barely staying above double digits, it’s important to keep warm.

“I have a warm coat and a hat and some gloves on too and i got two pairs of socks on,” Albriey Lyle said.

However, did you know when you bundle up could make a difference?

“You don’t want them to put their jacket on as they’re exiting the house so that cold air gets into the jackets and then puts against their skin. But, you don’t want them to put it on so long before they go out that they start to sweat and get hot,” Dr. John O’Neill said.

A lot of people were walking around Downtown this morning.

Another thing to think about is that your own motion as you walk can increase the wind chill factor. If you don’t protect yourself, you can risk frostbite or hypothermia.

Experts suggest dressing in three layers to help stay warm.

The first layer should be next to the skin and be made of a moisture-wicking fabric.

The second should be something lightweight and insulating, such as a fleece sweater.

The third should be a heavy outside coat.

However, some people don’t seem to mind the cold weather.

“It doesn’t bother me. I consider myself a winter baby I guess you could say,” Phillip Lyle said.

Before you head out be sure to have a good breakfast, but when you eat it is crucial.

“If you have a little bit of kid , or an elderly person, who gets a big meal and then goes out in the cold, they will get very cold because a lot of that blood supply will be shunted to digest that meal,” O’Neill said.


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