EDISON - Dangerously cold temperatures are expected to hit New Jersey over the next few days.
The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory and wind chill warning for most of the state as temperatures drop well below freezing.
This weekend is expected to see the coldest temperatures. Saturday is expected to see high temperatures in the teens. Temperatures Sunday morning are expected to be in the single digits.
Wind chills could make it feel as if temperatures are 20 to 30 degrees below zero.
When temperatures get this cold, experts say people need to take proper precautions to protect themselves.
The American Red Cross says that people should dress in several layers of lightweight clothing. The organization also says wearing hats and gloves will help prevent the loss of body heat. Experts also say to limit the amount of skin exposed to the elements.
Experts also say it is important to bring pets inside when temperatures get this cold. If the animals cannot come inside for some reason, it is important to make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and can get to unfrozen water.
Anyone using a space heater should make sure it is placed on a hard, level surface in a safe area. Never keep anything flammable near the heater. Experts also say to never use a stove or oven to heat one’s home due to carbon monoxide concerns.
Many towns have implemented warming centers for any resident to seek shelter if they do not have adequate heat. Residents are advised to check with their town or local police department to find their nearest center.