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6 ways you should be protecting your body in sub-freezing temperatures

Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 3:01 PM

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As residents in the greater Cincinnati area deal with record low temperatures ranging from minus-5 to minus-10, those who work outside or anyone heading outdoors needs to take extra precautions with their body and clothing, according to medical expert from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine.

MORE: In record-breaking chill, residents are asked to care for one another. Here’s how.

The record for the coldest temperature on Jan. 2 is minus-5 degrees, according to meteorologists from Storm Center 7, leaving Tuesday as a new record for the area with more of the same forecast this week.

MORE: Butler County Sheriff on opening lobby: ‘It’s the humane thing to do’

Dr. Dustin Calhoun is an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UC College of Medicine. He told this news outlet that there are plenty of hazards when dealing with these types of historic low temperatures.

Calhoun also specializes in hypothermia and wilderness medicine, so he added some insights on how to stay warm for those who are working or need to be outside, noting that protecting vital area on the body is critical when dealing with bone chilling temperatures.

1. Pile it on

“Layering is the best answer,” Calhoun said. “People like to have just one jacket on or so, but what keeps you warm is non-circulating air. So, the more air you can trap around your body, the warmer you will stay.

2. Protect your head

“People don’t always thing to have a hat on even if it is not the warmest of hats, anything on your head will keep you a little bit warmer,” Calhoun said. “Otherwise, you lose a large portion of your heat through your head because of the large amount of blood vessels that we have in our heads and our scalps.”

3. Protect your hands (especially your valuable palms)

He added, “our hands are another one actually. It has been shown that you can warm or cool the body using the palms of the hands. What we follow from that is the idea that if you keep your hands exposed in this weather the body will become colder.”

4. No nips to get warm

MORE: Bone chilling temps the rest of the week

“Drinking alcohol is the worst thing you can do in the cold because it essentially reverses everything your body is trying to do in order to stay warm,” he explained. “You hear people say, ‘Let’s have a little nip to get warm,’ but when your body gets cold it shunts blood away from your extremities, moving it inward to protect vital organs and circulate it to your brain. Alcohol will dilate blood vessels, reversing what your body is trying to do.”

5. Vaseline: Not the easiest, but it works

Vaseline is good for adding a layer of protection to the skin by helping holding heat to the body Calhoun says, saying although it is not the “easiest or cleanest way to stay warm,” but works like how some natives stay warm.

“A lot of Alaskans natives will use some sort of blubber or fat product on their skin as a protection like that,” Calhoun said. ” So Vaseline is not actually a bad one to do.”

6. More socks? Not always better

Even adding a pair or two of socks needs to be done with care.

“A thicker pair of socks or adding socks to wear in this weather will help as long as they fit the shoes you are wearing,” Calhoun said. “The problem is people try to add socks to the shoes that fit them well with one pair of socks and that can do more damage than good because it compresses the skin and makes it harder to circulate blood through the skin and that can increase your chance of frostbite.”

Dr. Dustin Calhoun, assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UC College of Medicine, tips for staying safe when working or out in record cold temperatures:

-Layered clothing

-Wear wind breaking layer

-Wear synthetic fabrics or wool

-Always have on hats and good gloves

-Stay well hydrated

-Avoid alcohol

-Consume frequent warm drinks

-Make sure shoes and gloves aren’t too tight -never get wet

Lanes blocked on I-70 after two-vehicle accident in Clark County

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 6:51 AM

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Two lanes are blocked on westbound I-70 near the 48 milemarker after a two-vehicle accident early Sunday morning. 

RELATED: Truck flips on its side after hit-and-run collision, driver says

The Ohio Highway State Patrol-Springfield Post, responded to the crash around 4:45 a.m., per initial reports.

According to officials, two vehicles, a mini-van and a pick-up truck, were traveling west on I-70 when a crash occurred, causing both vehicles to hit the median.

The driver of the mini-van was reportedly trapped in the vehicle before crews were able to free him by cutting the door off. 

One driver was transported to Miami Valley Hospital and the other was transported to Soin Medical Center.

Both drivers suffered from minor injuries and are expected to be okay, according to sheriff’s. 

The crash is still under investigation.

We will continue to monitor when lanes will reopen and update this story. 

Trump campaign ad calls Democrats 'complicit' in killings by undocumented immigrants

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 3:53 AM

President Trump’s Physical Exam Results Released

A new ad released by President Donald Trump's campaign is claiming that Democrats are “complicit” in killings by undocumented immigrants. The ad was released after Senate Democrats opposed a short-term spending bill to keep the government from shutting down.

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“President Trump is right — build the wall, deport criminals, stop illegal immigration now,” the ad said, showing clips of top Democrats. “Democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants.”

>> Trump cancels Florida trip as government shutdown looms

“President Trump will fix our border and keep our families safe,” the ad concluded. The ad was released on the one-year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration.

>> Government shutdown: What closes; will you get your Social Security check; what happens to SNAP, WIC

On Friday, Senate Democrats opposed a short-term spending bill to fund the government and keep it from shutting down after Republicans refused to include a provision to protect thousands of immigrants brought here as children.

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President Trump bashed Democrats after the failed vote, saying that they wanted “unchecked illegal immigration.”

“Democrats are holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration. Can’t let that happen!” he tweeted Saturday morning.

Earlier on Saturday, he again bashed Democratstweeting that they were more “concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dangerous Southern Border.”

(H/t: The Hill)

What You Need to Know: Government Shutdown

Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:35 AM
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 4:51 AM

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Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • On westbound I-70 near the 48 mile-marker in Clark County, reports of a two-vehicle injury accident with a vehicle on its top around 4:50 a.m.

Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents to report. 

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 


  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.
  • I-70 between Upper Lewisburg Salem Road and Brooksville-Phillipsburg Road, Lane closure Jan. 22 - 29. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. Shoulder closures Jan. 22 - Sept. 30. Both the inside and outside shoulders of I-70 will be closed during construction. 

Rain showers start the week, possible snow flurries Tuesday 

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 4:29 AM

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>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


  • A few showers expected today
  • More rain likely Monday
  • Colder with the chance for snow Tuesday

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

>> 4 tricks to help avoid illness during big temperature changes

TODAY: A few showers are expected throughout the day today. While it won’t be a wash-out, you’ll want to make sure you have an umbrella handy if you have plans to be out. Temperatures will be on the mild side in the mid to upper 40s. 

TONIGHT: A few light showers can’t be ruled out overnight, but more dry time is expected. Lows will be in the lower 40s.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

>> County-by-County Weather

MONDAY: More rain expected for the day, especially in the afternoon and early evening. Rain could be heavy at times with highs peaking in the lower to mid 50s. 

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

TUESDAY: Colder air returns with highs in the upper 30s early in the morning. Temperatures will likely fall through the entire day with a chance for snow showers or flurries. 

>> 5-Day Forecast

WEDNESDAY: Another cool day expected with partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid to upper 30s. 

THURSDAY: Partly sunny skies as temperatures peak in the upper 30s again.