Cold Snap Coming

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

The gray wintry gloom, with the occasional splash of rain has settled in, and the forecast indicates it may stick around.

Over the coming days, a winter-like chill will accompany that gray gloom, and it could be the coldest air we have seen so far this season.

"I think this will definitely be the coldest," said John Baxter of the National Weather Service. "I think we will see widespread areas of temperatures of about 25 or 26 degrees for lows. It will last for several hours."

By the end of the week, temperatures are expected to take a nose dive into the 20s in our area, and that's with a cold wind blowing. We haven't seen temperatures like that in a while, so now is a good time to remind you of how to prepare.

"Dress in layers. If you're leaving your house and you're going to an evening event, it's going to seem pleasant when you go outside at 3:30, 4:00, before sunset," Baxter said.

That seems easy enough, but don't forget there are things to do around the house.

"Check your outside faucets. Any exposed pipes may need to be wrapped to keep them from bursting," said David Sharp, director of Lauderdale Emergency Management Agency.

Space heaters are a common cause of house fires this time of year. Don't forget to turn them off when you are away and keep them at least 3 feet from anything flammable.

The positive side to the colder weather is it feels just a little more like Christmas.

Here are a few tips from experts about staying safe in cold weather. The World health organization recommends that you keep the temperature in your home between 68 degrees and 75 degrees. Make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector. And watch for signs of hypothermia, like shivering, memory loss or slurred speech.


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