Below zero wind chills, gusty winds and several inches of snow blanket Cleveland's east side

WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio - Painfully cold temperatures and several inches of snow didn't keep east-side residents from venturing outside Tuesday.

"Me and my sister, we had to bundle up because my mom is very overprotective," said Ni'Que Rogers.

School wasn't in session for Rogers and his 12-year-old sister, Da'Nassia Nunn, so the pair walked from their Warrensville Heights home to the nearby library.

"It's cold," said Nunn who wore two coats, a hat, gloves and boots for her five-minute commute.

Others didn't have a choice of stepping out in the cold.

"It's atrocious," said Fitzroy Tate of Cleveland Heights whose minivan broken down on Northfield Road in Warrensville Heights.

"For all those who don't have antifreeze, get some antifreeze because you'll need it," Tate said.

Tate spent about five minutes outside filling up his minivan with antifreeze. He got on his way soon after.

"If you don't have to be out in it at length, don't be out in it. Even though Cleveland people are tough, the cold is pretty tough on your body," said Dr. Craig Bates, attending physician of emergency medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Bates said frostbite can set in within 30 minutes at Tuesday's high temperature of 14 degrees. The first sign of it is numbness on the affected area, like your nose, toes or fingers. If you feel that, Bates recommended gently rubbing the area to warm it up and using lukewarm water.

He also warned that shoveling can be potentially dangerous for some people.

"Every year I'm sure we get several people with heart attacks as a result of just the strenuous exercise of shoveling," Bates said.

Bates recommended lifting the snow as you shovel with your legs, not your back.

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