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New Year's Eve could bring frostbite, doctors say be aware

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Whether you're braving the crowds to watch the ball drop in Times Square or sticking close to home to watch midnight fireworks in Allentown, 2018 will be ringing in one of the coldest starts to a New Year in decades. 

One local Urgent Care physician says she's already seen some patients with cold-weather-related problems. 

Dr. Heather Osher of Patient First says frostbite can be a concern in below-freezing temperatures. She says the cold weather and new year's booze can be a bad combination. 

"Drinking can make you more prone just because you're outside, drinking, senses dulled," Osher said. "You might not realize you're out there for as long as you are."

Allentown's New Year's Eve celebration is one of the only Lehigh Valley events that is nearly all outside.

Organizers say they've been keeping a close eye on the weather forecast and ordered more outdoor heaters for this year.

"We'll have some warm spots you can warm up in and we have some amazing restaurants downtown. If you're inside you can come out for the fireworks and the band," said Betsy Kohl.

Kohl, Hamilton District Main Street Manager, says the crowd size is usually determined by the weather, but she still expects hundreds of people to ring in the New Year downtown. 

Organizers say they're also expecting to see plenty of people celebrate inside bars and restaurants and only venture outside when it's time to countdown to midnight. 


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