Bundle up as bitter blast hits Boston

Posted: 01/23/13 at 12:50 pm EST      Last Updated: 01/23/13 at 10:35 pm EST

BOSTON (WHDH) -- The frigid temperatures forced people to bundle up on Wednesday, which could end up being the coldest day in more than two years.

Temperatures were well below zero with the wind chill, which means it’s potentially dangerous to people’s health.

“We usually encourage people to dress in layers and make sure that they’re using mittens and hats and really covering up exposed skin. Limit the time outside whenever possible to protect from both frost bite and hypothermia,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the director of the Boston Public Health Commission.

The mayor’s office is also asking everyone to check on their vulnerable neighbors, especially the sick and elderly, to make sure they are warm enough.

The city is keeping some extra shelters open for homeless people and is putting extra ambulances on the streets to make sure everyone gets through the cold snap safely.

“The shelter system really steps up at this time. Although all beds are full, we will make room for people in need,” said James Green, Director of Emergency Shelter Commission.

That includes one woman who had to suddenly move out of her apartment.

“This is my first winter in America,” said Marie Grant, who just moved from the Caribbean. “It was a brutal night last night.”

Boston EMS says there are extra ambulances available as a precaution.

“We have additional ambulances on the street; we began that last evening and will continue that on a 24-hour basis through the cold snap,” said Chief James Hooley, Boston EMS.

“We asked that people check on their elderly residents and make sure that they in fact are safe and have adequate heat,” said Dr. Ferrer.

For many, keeping warm means eating comfort food, and that's just what people were planning to do as they bought chicken pot pies from Harrows.

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