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Capital Region copes with snow and bitter cold temps

Updated: 01/02/2014 6:45 PM
Created: 01/02/2014 5:55 PM WNYT.com
By: Dan Bazile

 ALBANY -- Sure it's cold and snowy outside. But that doesn't mean you can't have fun. Some kids obviously didn't mind that it was only 1 degree. They took over the small hills at Albany Municipal Gulf Course with their toboggans, sleds and tubes. It wasn't just the kids either. Parents were in on it too, snowshoeing and cross country skiing in this winter wonderland. Many of them are skiers and snowboarders anyway. They came dressed for the weather, except for one family from Virginia who came to visit and got a real taste of the bitter cold.

"They're inside getting warm, having a toasty hot chocolate," said Andre Melendez who was out sledding with his family.

While you can have fun in the snow, doctors say you also need to be careful, dress in layers, stay hydrated and take time to warm up.

"If they don't have to be out number one, they shouldn't be out," said Dr. Michael Ciccarelli from the Samaritan Hospital emergency room in Troy.

Dr. Ciccarelli said they tend to get a lot more people in the emergency department with frostbite in this type of weather. He said most of it is minor, something he calls frost nip. However he said frostbite can get a lot more serious, especially for children, the elderly and people with chronic illnesses,.

"What people should look out for is when they start feeling any numbness, burning tingling. They start noticing any type of discoloration to their skin they need to seek out medical attention," Dr. Ciccarelli said.

Check out some of the storm photos viewers from the Capital Region have sent into us:

Albany

Broken Clouds
51°
53° | 38°
  • Feels like: 51° F
  • Wind: W 12mph
  • Humidity: 56%