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FRIGID AIR TOUGH ON PETS AND PIPES

BY LINDLEY ESTES

It’s finally starting to feel like January in Fredericksburg.

As a blast of cold air moves into the area, the temperature is expected to drop to a low of 16 degrees tonight. The frigid weather will linger throughout the week, forecasters say, with a low of 20 predicted for Wednesday night, 22 for Thursday  and 17 Friday night.

Temperatures are not expected to reach above freezing until Friday, when the National Weather Service predicts the daytime high may hit 35 degrees.

Andy Woodcock, a meteorologist with the NWS in Sterling, said this week is traditionally the coldest of the year.

“It’s been so warm lately,” Woodcock said. “This cold front will feel more unusual than it actually is.”

Woodcock said to watch out for frozen pipes.

“Let the water drip slightly if you’re worried about it,” he said. “Running water doesn’t freeze.”

Also, keep animals inside as much as possible while the cold front moves through.

Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-40s by Monday of next week.

Snow, freezing rain or sleet are possible for Friday, according to the National Weather Service’s 7-day forecast. But forecasts for snow obviously can change; students shouldn’t count on getting a day off from school just yet.

State Farm Virginia released these tips Monday for how to guard against frozen pipes and keep homes safe from the cold:

  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to piping under sinks and vanities near exterior walls.
  • Run a small trickle of water at vulnerable cold and hot faucets.
  • Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature day and night. Drops in the temperature, more common overnight, could catch you off guard and freeze your pipes.

Lindley Estes:  540/735-1976

lestes@freelancestar.com

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