It’s about to get dangerously cold in Colorado. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe.

Forecasters warn wind chill could drop to as low as minus 50 degrees over the northeast plains Wednesday night.

Olivia Prentzel
The Colorado Sun
People walk down Main Street on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 21 in Breckenridge.
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Thanks to an incoming arctic cold front, bitter cold temperatures are expected across most of the state, starting Wednesday night through Friday morning. To the west, wind chill in Buena Vista could drop to minus 9 degrees, minus 20 in Vail and minus 14 in Aspen. 

If extreme cold sets in as expected, people should limit time outside, especially if any skin is exposed. At minus 5 degrees and a wind speed of 30 mph, you could get frostbite in about 10 minutes, according to UCHealth. 

Frostbite first affects exposed areas of the body where blood circulation is limited, like your fingers, toes, nose and ears. To limit frostbite, make sure all body parts are well covered. 

When frostbite starts, you will lose the feeling in the area and the frozen tissue will turn white or look pale. If you suspect you are experiencing frostbite, hold the frostbitten area closely against warm skin to help return blood flow and warmth to the area, the National Weather Service advises.

Dress in multiple layers of warm clothing, including a hat, mittens, scarves and boots, to reduce the chances of hypothermia. 


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