How to protect yourself from the extreme cold forecasted this week
CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. - Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing and into the single digits this week.
That kind of cold is considered dangerous. Especially when roads become icy.
"If you're driving and it gets icy out, be very careful. Don't over steer. Don't over break. Don't over power it," said Carter County Rescue Squad coordinator John Burleson.
If you get stranded on the side of the road, there are some tricks to get you back behind the wheel.
"Keeping a bag of kitty litter or sand in your trunk is a good way to get yourself unstuck if you get yourself stuck on ice or in deep snow," said Burleson.
Emergency workers said the best way to protect yourself is by being prepared.
"Keep a bag in your car with extra clothing, food, and water. And a book for something to pass the day if you get stuck on a back road," said Burleson.
Experienced hiker Amy Brockman says if you want to hike in the winter, you need to bundle up.
"I'm wearing two pairs of pants, two pairs of socks, and I keep extra socks in my daypack," said Brockman.
Emergency personnel say you lose your head, face, and hands are the most sensitive to the cold, so make sure keep those parts covered.