Dangerously cold weather poses serious risks

Dr. Harvey Richey, Texas Tech Amarillo Family Physicians
Dr. Harvey Richey, Texas Tech Amarillo Family Physicians

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - We are expecting the coldest temperatures this week we've seen in six years. Those kind of temperatures could be very dangerous.

It takes just 10 minutes before you start experiencing the earliest signs of frostbite. Stay outside for 30 minutes and you're putting yourself in a very dangerous situation.

Dr. Harvey Richey of Texas Tech Amarillo Family Physicians says, "If the frostbite is severe and you get actual freezing of the tissue down to the bone, you can lose limbs. You can lose fingers, cheeks, your nose and ears."

We spoke with a doctor at BSA who says he's seen Amarillo residents die from weather this cold.

If you smoke or have diabetes, you have a greater risk because you already have a decreased amount of blood flow to your arms and legs.

So, even if you think you're prepared to deal with the subzero temps, there can still be serious consequences.