How cold is it? Frozen t-shirt experiment

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While record-breaking cold has entered the United States, many are being warned of the frigid wind chill values and the risk of cold-related injuries across the Twin Tiers. Well, how fast can frostbite settle in? Our Meteorologist Dylan DeBruyn was outside our studio in downtown Elmira to show how quickly a soaked t-shirt can freeze, but all for good warning. 

At 5:00 PM on Jan. 30, the shirt was soaked and just in a matter of a few minutes the cold air, with temperatures at the time near 0 degrees, allowed the once wet shirt to become almost cardboard like in nature. 

By 5:30 PM on Jan. 30 the shirt was completely frozen solid. Strong enough to withstand being smashed against a bench and strong enough to stand up on its own.

This experiment was done to not only show how cold the conditions are outside – but to show how quickly the dangers of frostbite can sink in. For many in these conditions of wind chills of 20 below zeros, frostbite can sink in within 10 minutes. Stay safe and stay warm as cold air continues to impact the region through Friday. 

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