WASHINGTON - Bone-chilling cold has set in across the D.C. region, and if you're headed outside for the Monday holiday, you'll need to layer up. Wind chills will be dangerous, and the temperatures won't get out of the upper 20s.
It'll feel much colder than the 20s, thanks to the wind-- which had already picked up by 6 a.m. The feels like temperatures will be in the single digits.
Those who are planning to be outside for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day festivities around the area should be warned to dress in layers for safety to protect their skin from the dangerous cold. You should also limit the time your pets are outside.
And listen up, snow lovers: It's looking more and more likely that we'll have a winter weather event later in the week. At this point, the timing looks like Friday into Saturday. It's too soon to give specific totals, but FOX 5's Tucker Barnes says it's looking more and more likely that this could be a significant event for the D.C. area. Click here for a complete breakdown of what we know so far.
Here are some tips to stay safe in the extreme cold:
-Frostbite takes minutes when temperatures fall to 20 degrees & 20 mph winds are present.
-Dress appropriately: wear layers to protect your skin.
-Avoid alcohol, caffeine and nicotine.
-If you get wet, get indoors immediately and change clothes.
-If any part of your feels numb, get inside immediately.
-Call the Hypothermia Hotline if you need help: 1-800-535-7252