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Cold temps make sledding scarce

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Nicole Gerber


CUMBERLAND - The parking lot at the popular Diamond Hill State Park was almost empty today. The only people sledding were the brave souls facing temperatures in the single digits.

"We came out to go sledding because they love the snow and they just want to get outside and slide and... well even the dogs they love coming outside!" said Brad Morse of Attleboro, who was out sledding with his kids and dogs.

Experts say that the combination of bitter temperatures and strong winds can cause health issues like frostbite and hypothermia within a matter of minutes.

That possibility caused many people to spend their snow day indoors. Some wrote on our ABC6 Facebook page, saying things like:

"Way too cold to send the kids out... we've got plenty of board games, Barbies, crafts, etc. to keep busy with!" and "It's only 8 degrees out there, it would be foolish to let them outside."

But the adrenaline junkies on the slopes had their own way of dealing with the frigid air.

"Lots of layers, just bundle up!" said David Wright before hitting the slopes.

"I heard that your head gives off the most heat so I always wear hats," said Monica Wright.

"I'm not concerned at all, you put enough clothes on you come outside," said Morse.

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