Tips for dressing during Boston's bitter blast

Posted: 01/23/13 at 10:35 pm EST      Last Updated: 01/24/13 at 3:00 pm EST

BOSTON (WHDH) -- Thursday saw the second day of single-digit temperatures and wind chills, making it feel as cold as 15-below zero at times.

People forced to work outside can’t avoid the bitter blast and they’re keeping sporting stores busy.

7News’ Nicole Oliverio went to Hilton’s Tent City to find out how to properly dress for the cold. The key is layering.

Start with a lightweight top and make sure you have on a thin knit sweater or sweatshirt -- but avoid a sweatshirt with a hood because it will create too much bulk between you and your jacket.

Once you’re completely bundled, think about your head -- you need a hat. The best ones to have are the ones that cover and keep your ears warm.

A lot of dressing warm is common sense, paying attention and working with better fabrics, like wool.

In case you hadn’t figured it out, here’s a few interesting facts to let you know just how cold it is:

- A wet dress shirt froze outside in under 2 minutes.

- A cotton t-shirt froze in 5 minutes.

- Ice cubes froze outside in about half-an-hour.

The cold weather also caused some commuter woes on Wednesday. Arlington Station on the MBTA’s Green Line was shut down twice on Wednesday after firefighters responded to smoldering cables inside a manhole.

The smoke shut down service on the Green Line on one of the coldest days Boston has seen in two years.

It forced thousands to pack onto buses. Katie Clayton was afraid to get on the T again this morning.

“It’s freezing out. I had to walk from Tufts Medical Center and it was brutal. It was too cold even to cry but I wanted to cry. It was awful,” said Clayton.

There were some delays on various commuter rail and MBTA lines, but service essentially returned to normal on Thursday.

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