By now, we hopefully all know that colder (and by colder I mean significantly colder than we've seen all winter season so far) weather is on its way.

With the wind chill, we're supposed to get down to about 40 degrees below zero at some points. While you may be used to dressing for normal cold temps, experts say you will definitely need more than your usual layer or two of clothes this weekend, if you plan to spend any time outdoors.

As you can see from this handy-dandy infographic that the National Weather Service has put together, different conditions require different levels of layers.

How To Dress For Cold Temps,
How To Dress For Cold Temps,

While it's crucial that you dress accordingly for the temperatures outside, as this could mean the difference between a fun weekend and a weekend spent at the ER, it's also important to remember your furry friends who spend time outside during this time of year.

The US National Weather Service in Gray Maine says you may want to think about bringing animals that can be brought in, indoors during extreme cold spells. It's also important to remember that water freezes, so making sure they have access to non-frozen drinking water is a must.

"If pets cannot come indoors, make sure they are protected by a dry, draft-free enclosure large enough to allow them to sit and lie down, but small enough to hold in the pet’s body heat. Raise the floor a few inches off the ground and cover it with cedar shavings or straw. Turn the enclosure away from the wind and cover the doorway with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic."

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Sure, it takes a little extra thought and planning, but if you do this in advance of these upcoming frigid days, you can rest better knowing both you, your loved ones, and your animals with be a lot more comfortable and safer as conditions turn colder.

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