What is the danger?
The National Weather Service is forecasting a rapid drop in temperatures overnight into Sunday as an Arctic cold front moves through the region. Morning low temperatures will be in the high 20’s near Brenham to 32 degrees closer to the coast. A Freeze Warning has been issued through 10:00 AM Sunday morning. Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing again on Sunday night.
A Freeze Warning means that sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.
What you need to do:
Residents are advised to take basic steps to protect the “Four P’s”: People, pets, pipes, and plants.
- Keep warm, stay inside if possible.
- If you need to go out, dress in layers and wear hats, gloves and an appropriate coat.
- Avoid overexertion, as cold weather puts added strain on your body.
- Observe heater safety:
- Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water.
- Keep heat sources at least 3 feet away from furniture and drapes.
- Never leave children unattended near a space heater.
- Bring pets inside, and move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas.
- Keep adequate food and water available.
- Disconnect outdoor hoses, drain and store in protected area.
- Wrap exposed faucets and pipes – including those outside the house or in unheated crawl spaces, attics, garages and other areas.
- Bring potted plants inside or store in garage near interior wall to provide extra warmth and protection from wind.
- For cold-sensitive outdoor plants, put down extra mulch and consider covering with a cloth fabric of some kind to shield the plants from wind and frost.
Protect yourself from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning by installing a battery-operated CO detector and never using generators, grills, camp stoves, or similar devices indoors.
It is also recommended that you prepare your car for winter. Have your car serviced and add antifreeze as needed.