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Precautions Urged As Dangerous Cold Descends

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With wind chill readings forecast to drop to dangerous levels across the region there is heightened concern over people spending too much time outdoors.

The city of Springfield, Massachusetts declared a cold weather emergency. The city’s Commissioner of Health and Human Services, Helen Caulton-Harris said temporary shelter is being provided to people who are homeless.

" We send out our crisis intervention team. We have people on the look out for homeless people so we can bring them into shelter. This is no weather for people to be out in the cold."

The city of Chicopee opened its Senior Center to people who have no heat.  Heath experts cautioned that skin exposed for just ten minutes to a 30 below zero wind chill can result in frostbite.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.