A cold front is bringing frigid temperatures to Tulsa

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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 1/04 10:09 pm Published: 1/04 9:58 pm

These cold temperatures don't come around often.

It hasn't been this cold since 2011, and Saturday night, people are preparing.

FOX23's team went outside to feel what it's like being in the cold for a period of time and what effects it has on the body.

We started feeling the effects of the cold front FOX23's meteorologist John Boyer has been talking about.

It wasn't until nightfall Saturday where our team had to put its coats on.

It wasn't but a few hours before dusk that you could be outside with no coat on because the weather was in the 40s.

However, now FOX23's team is bundled in layers of clothing from gloves, to ear warmers and scarves.

Tulsa is experiencing single-digit temperatures with wind chills below zero and some Tulsans are bracing for extreme cold.

We ran into some Tulsa residents who were outside, one told us, "Being cold makes your bones hurt. I just don't like it at all."

While others like James White said, "It really doesn't bother me."

White says he's seen worse when he lived in Michigan.

"It was 28 below zero with a 50 plus wind-chill factor."

But for Oklahomans who aren't used to these types of temperatures, this cold snap is unwelcome.

"I'm not coming out of my house. I'm staying in the warm," said one Tulsa resident.

FOX23's team has learned this cold front will affect the entire city.

Plumbers are preparing for pipe bursts and police tell us they are expecting a rise in animal abuse calls because of people leaving their pets outside.

This type of cold can also take a toll on your body.

EMSA officials tell FOX23 it only takes a couple of minutes.

That's the same amount of time it takes to read this report.

If you are outside reading this report in these kind of bone-chilling temperatures; with nothing covering your face, your hands, your feet -- those parts of your body could be at risk.

That's one reason why homeless shelters tell us they are expecting more people will come through the doors, even though the day center only has room for 145.

Tulsa Fire Department said it's ready for a spike in fire calls and medicals also.

"When people use their stove services to warm their homes, we see a rise in carbon monoxide medical emergencies."

This cold could also affect the schools.

In 2011, districts actually cancelled classes because of frigid temperatures.

I talked with Tulsa public school officials earlier and they tell me they are watching the situation closely and hope to have a decision made by tomorrow afternoon.

Stay with FOX23 for your latest details on weather and updated school closing.

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