The National Weather Service in Billings is forecasting an arctic cold weather outbreak in Sheridan County tomorrow, December 20th until December 24th. The NWS stated, “Temperatures and Wind Chills will be dangerous and there will be a period of accumulating snow Tuesday into Wednesday.” Forecasted lows for Wednesday night is expected to reach -37 degrees in the Sheridan area with the windchill expected to reach below -50 degrees. Frostbite can occur in less than 10 minutes for exposed skin at that temperature. Know the signs of hypothermia. Someone with hypothermia may show signs of confusion, shivering, difficulty speaking, sleepiness and stiff muscles. Someone with hypothermia may not be aware of their condition. If you or someone you know has signs of frostbite or hypothermia call 911 or go to your local emergency room. Be sure to check on neighbors, friends, and the elderly to ensure they are worm. Bring all pets inside and take steps to ensure the safety of livestock.
Please visit https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather for winter weather tips. Please check with https://www.sheridancounty.com for up-to-date local information.
Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven. Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home and check the batteries regularly. If you are in need of a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector you can contact Sheridan Fire Rescue at 307-674-7244.