The Winter solstice arrived today at 1:04 a.m. and public health officials remind us to be prepared.
Although most of Alabama has not experienced a snow or ice storm, freezing temperatures and chilling winds can create problems.
Exposure to excessive cold can result in tragic consequences
Hypothermia, the severe or prolonged loss of body heat, begins when a person's body temperature falls below 95 degrees.
Experts say one early symptom of hypothermia is mental confusion.
Health officials say watch for hypothermia signs including confusion, drowsiness, slurred speech, a drop in blood pressure, shallow breathing and a pinkish tint to the skin.
Wear loose-fitting clothing in layers; gloves and a face cover to block the wind if you must be outside.