Dressing for Frigid Temps to Avoid Frostbite, Hypothermia

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Bone-chilling temperatures are coming to the Washington region, and if you need to leave your toasty-warm homes over the next few days, wearing layers of clothing will help to protect from the bitter cold.

Layering can help to maintain body warmth, preventing the development of frostbite and hypothermia.

Choosing the correct fabric when layering can also serve different functions during frigid conditions.

WNEW’s James White says wearing thermal underwear made of a synthetic, usually polyester fiber that has “wicking power,” will move moisture away from the skin and pass it through the fabric so that it will evaporate.

Cotton as a bottom layer should be avoided as the fabric tends to retain moisture.

Wearing protective gear — such as a hat or headband — are essential for staying warm as up to 60 percent of your body’s heat can escape from an uncovered head, White says.

Some areas in the region could see record-breaking cold temperatures when a frigid air mass hits Monday night into Tuesday.

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