Bitter cold swarms the Beehive state

Bitter cold swarms the Beehive state

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – If you went outside Wednesday along the Wasatch Front you didn’t need a bank message board to tell you its cold out there.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – If you went outside Wednesday along the Wasatch Front you didn’t need a bank message board to tell you its cold out there.

"How cold are you right now?” asked ABC 4 Reporter Brian Carlson.

“I'm very cold," said Maria Hernandez, moved to Utah from California.

"I'm freezing," said Wyatt Richards, visiting from Arizona.

"I think I must be getting older because it's bugging me worse and worse every year," said Brent Pearson, lives in Spanish Fork.

Wednesday people in downtown Salt Lake were running, shaking, and even jumping to stay warm.

"I hate it, I'm a summer girl, and I hate the freezing cold like this,” said Jessika Hatch, from Brigham City.

“That's a strong word,” Carlson said.

“I wish I had a stronger word for it," said Hatch.

Troy Neerings, with Neerings Plumbing Heating and Air, said your pipes hate it too. On a night like Wednesday night, Neerings said pipes in poor insulated areas of your home can freeze and brake, but he said the trouble spots are easy to find.

"I would just take my hand and put it by a pipe and just feel if there's cold air and you'll usually know what I'm talking about, you'll feel air blowing, you feel a little breeze," said Troy Neerings, Neerings Plumbing, Heating & Air.

And when it comes to the cold and your health, Doctor Colin Grissom with Intermountain Medical Center said your hands are usually the first sign of trouble.

"What your body does is it will shut down circulation to your hands and to your feet in order to conserve blood circulation to your core, to your brain, to your chest, and your vital organs, and your abdomen," said Colin Grissom, MD, Intermountain Medical Center.

So to avoid frostbite or hypothermia, Grissom recommends you stick your hands in a warm place.

"Put them underneath your arm pits," he said.

And if you ask people on the street, there's always another alternative.

"I stay inside," said Hatch.

"Try and stay inside as much as I can," said Richards.

"Just don't go outside,” said Pearson.

“You're outside right now,” Carlson pointed out.

“Only when I have to," said Pearson.


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