The National Weather Service is warning us of the bone chilling cold coming in this weekend.
A wind chill watch is in effect from Saturday evening through Sunday morning
Get ready for extreme cold weather and wind chill values as low as 25-30 below zero, with the coldest wind chills Saturday night – Sunday morning.
The frigid air temperatures have the potential to result in frozen pipes, frostbite and hypothermia.
There are several things to consider when the temperatures dip below zero.
Even cleared roads can be deceptive, and you should be careful of black ice.
If it is necessary to shovel show during this cold snap, dress in layers and don’t overdo it. Protect your face and hands from possible frostbite
In freezing conditions, some may be tempted to supplement their furnaces with space heaters. If you do, remember to keep flammable materials away from the heaters, but the best idea is to refrain from using them if possible.
Your pets are especially vulnerable in single digit weather. Remember, paws, which are bare skin, get frostbite just like humans do. Don’t let your dog (or cats) stay outside for any longer than necessary to do their business. When they come inside, wipe excess snow from their feet and even give them a massage until they are warmed up. If your pet has a coat, make sure to put it on them before they go outside.
Freezing temperatures can deaden vehicle batteries. To avoid it, drivers should crank the engine with their foot off the gas for no more than 15 seconds. If the vehicle doesn’t start, let the starter cool for five minutes, then try again, with the gas pedal floored.
For older cars with a carburetor, pump the gas twice, then holding the gas pedal halfway down while turning the key.
Bursting pipes in homes are a danger in freezing weather. Homeowners should keep sink cabinets open to allow warm air to circulate, and to run a thin stream of cold water through faucets.