The winter weather in Michigan is cause for concern. 

WWMT.com is reporting that the state of Michigan is under a "state of emergency" due to the extreme cold temperatures we will be experiencing over the next few days..

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an order declaring a state of emergency Monday ahead of forecasts that predict "sub-zero temperatures over the next few days," according to a release from the Executive Office of the Governor.

Jeff Porter from Channel 3 news reported what we have to look forward too...

Tuesday: Lake effect snow showers, frigid, and windy. Morning highs in the middle teens then falling to near 5 degrees above zero with wind chills of -20 degrees or colder.
Tuesday Night: Lake effect snow showers, frigid, and windy. Near record lows around -10 degrees with wind chills from -30 to -40 degrees.
Wednesday: Lake effect snow showers continue, dangerously cold, and windy. Near zero to -5 degrees.
Thursday: Near record lows around -10 to -15 degrees in the morning. Lake effect snow showers taper off in the afternoon, brutally cold, and breezy. Near 0 degrees to 5 degrees above zero.
The chilling air and snow is cause for concern. WXYZ,com  explains what the state of emergency means for out state...

The State of Emergency will "help address threats to public health and safety related to forecast sub-zero temperatures over the next few days."

Here is how to take care of yourself during these incredibly low temperatures outside...

  • Limit your time outside. If you need to go outside, wear layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Signs of frostbite include: loss of feeling and color around the face, fingers and toes, numbness, white or grayish-yellow skin, firm or waxy skin.
  • Signs of hypothermia include: shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech or drowsiness.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
  • Reduce the risk of a heart attack. Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.
  • Check on neighbors. Older adults and young children are more at risk in extreme cold.
  • Pets are also at risk for cold weather injuries and should be kept indoors.
  • If travel is necessary, keep a full tank of gas and an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle. Put warm clothing, such as gloves, blankets and hats, and a cell phone charger in your kit.

Stay warm, cuddle up and we can all make it through the next few days!