Snowstorms can certainly lead to dangerous road conditions and a messy commute. But freezing temperatures is another element of trouble. Time Warner Cable News reporter Madeleine Rivera has more on how you can stay safe the extreme conditions.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- "I started this morning at eight o'clock and I've been on and off all day," said Roger Bazoursky.
He is no stranger to working in freezing temperatures. He's a signal maintainer for the city. Fixing stop lights in these extreme conditions is just part of the job description.
"You're out in the weather 30 to 45 minutes. Then you got to go in and warm up a little bit," he said.
He's got the right idea. During snowstorms like this, most people complain about slippery roads. But with temperatures dipping to the teens and single digits, there's another threat people should keep in mind.
"Hypothermia is obviously a risk," said Brian Ayers, CEO of Community Health Programs.
He knows the effects of hypothermia and says it's usually a hidden danger.
"A lot of times, people who are hypothermic don't realize that they aren't doing well. And they're not thinking clearly," said Ayers.
So health officials say it's important to take precautions when out in the cold.
"You can't stay outside that long. You got to wear the proper clothing, wear your long johns," said Bazoursky.
"Make sure someone knows where you're going, when you're expected to get there. So if you don't show up on time, someone knows your route of travel," said Ayers.
All good things to keep in mind. But Bazoursky says this type of weather is nothing compared to some of the other things he's faced throughout his 39 years on the job.
"Once you get down to zero, you're really hurting," said Bazoursky.
Still, it's nothing he says he can't handle.