BYRON CENTER, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's not just uncomfortable outside in the bitter cold and snowy weather, its also dangerous and hazardous to your health.
There are lots of ways to get broken, bruised or bloody in this weather: you can slip and fall, crash your car, stay outside too long and get hypothermia or frostbite. Hospital emergency rooms of full of patients with cold weather ailments.
When the blizzard is raging and the winds are howling, that's when doctors say they see the fewest patients with weather-related injuries. It's when it dies down and gets more moderate that the emergency room fills up.
"Right when it stats to warm up everyone tries to get active, it's the worst," says Dr. Marc Afman an ER physician at Metro Hospital. "As soon as that weather starts breaking, starts improving a little bit, that's when we see our highest number of patients."
Emergency room staff are also treating patients with other cold weather ailments like hypothermia, frostbite, heart attack, pneumonia, and the flu.