PyeongChang braces for frigid weather ahead of Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The only thing more extreme than the Olympic sports is the weather here.

The Winter Olympics are slated to begin on Friday as temperatures in the South Korean city plunge.

While the athletes are prepared for the bone-chilling temperatures, worries about spectators catching hypothermia or staying home have been raised.

"The athletes are pretty well insulated for the hypothermia but, for somebody out here watching the sports, it can occur as quickly as 45 minutes," said Dr. Dave Weinstein, a physician with Team USA who specializes in orthopedic surgery.

The city has already seen lows of -9 degrees, but Friday's forecast is expected to range from a high of 40 degrees Fahrenheit to a low of 30 degrees Fahrenheit, according to The Weather Channel. The first weekend is expected to see temperatures as low as 11 degrees Fahrenheit.

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The Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre is seen in Pyeongchang, South Korea, October 30, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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Images of former winter olympic mascots are displayed on the wall of a house in the town on Hoenggye near the venue of the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic games, in Pyeongchang on October 31, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
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PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 30, 2017: A view of Alpensia Ski Jumping Stadium that is to host ski jumping events during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Stanislav Varivoda/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Varivoda\TASS via Getty Images)
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The mascot for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Soohorang is seen during the Pyeongchang Winter Festival, near the venue for the opening and closing ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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Meteorologists have likened the chill in South Korea to February weather in Des Moines, Iowa, or Albany, New York.

Lee Hee-beom, president of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, said the committee has a contingency plan in case spectators decide to stay home.

"We are also preparing for that case. We will sell 100 percent of our tickets, and also have plan B for the no shows," he said.

Approximately 35,000 spectators, including world leaders and other dignitaries, are expected to watch the opening ceremony for about three hours on Friday.

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Volunteers will be handing out blankets and beanies to ensure all who watch are properly dressed. Wind shields and heat lamps have also been installed.

Over the course of the games, 100,000 spectators are expected to spend hours outside each day at the main venues. Thousands will also gather in the mountains at seven open-air venues, where temperatures can plummet to less than 10 degrees.

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Figure skater Ashley Wagner poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Park City, Utah, U.S. September 25, 2017. Wagner listens to Beyonce while she trains. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Figure skater Adam Rippon poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Park City, Utah, U.S. September 25, 2017. Rippon listens to electronic dance music while he trains. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Figure skater Nathan Chen poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Park City, Utah, U.S. September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Figure skater Mariah Bell poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Park City, Utah, U.S. September 25, 2017. Bell listens to Beyonce while she trains. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Snowboarder Red Gerard poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Park City, Utah, U.S. September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Snowboarder Chase Josey poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Park City, Utah, U.S. September 27, 2017. Josey listens to hip hop and punk while he trains. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Paralympic Snowboarder Evan Strong wears his gold medal from 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi as he poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Park City, Utah, U.S. September 27, 2017. He listens to Reggae music while training. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Paralympic snowboarder Brenna Huckaby poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Park City, Utah, U.S. September 27, 2017. She listens to pop and rap music while training. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Paralympic hockey player Declan Farmer poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Park City, Utah, U.S. September 27, 2017. He listens to hip hop music while training. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Long track speedskater Joey Mantia poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Park City, Utah, U.S. September 27, 2017. Mantia listens to "Work It Out" by Netsky while he trains. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Alpine skier Travis Ganong poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Park City, Utah, U.S. September 27, 2017. Ganong listens to reggae and rock music while he trains. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Figure skating pair Chris Knierim (L) and Alexa Scimeca Knierim pose for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Park City, Utah, U.S. September 26, 2017. Chris listens to Metallica and Alexa listens to pop while they train. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Although light snow showers are a possibility when the opening ceremony is held, the region generally sees less snow than other places at the same latitude and similar proximity to water due to the wind off mainland Asia, according to the Weather Channel.

Gusts from Siberia keep the air extremely cold and dry. If the winds stay to the east, there could be flash snowfalls in the mountains. Frigid winds are expected to make the cold even more intense.

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But athletes aren't worried and have prepared to stay warm regardless of the weather.

During Friday's opening ceremony, Team USA athletes will be fitted with special battery-powered heated jackets. An American Flag stitched into the interior of the jacket will heat up to keep athletes warm as they walk through the ceremony.

But spectators, who are just sitting still, could be more susceptible to the cold.

"I've definitely sent a few texts home, reiterating how cold it's gonna be, like, 'mom and dad you have to pack because it's cold,'" Troy Murphy, a Team USA Mogul Skier, told NBC News on Monday.

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