Protecting Pipes During Cold Weather

If you're traveling for New Year's Eve, you'll want to use extreme caution, especially if heading north and west of the District where more snow has fallen. High temperatures will only reach the middle single digits, keeping wind chills from minus 5 to minus 15 degrees through the day. Wind chill will be even worse at anywhere from zero to -10.

We will finally get a brief break from our cold damp dismal loss of sunny weather for Saturday and part of Sunday. Combining this with the cold air temperatures yields wind chills in the teens and 20s.

That's right: Highs will be in the 30s Sunday, which means they will be in the teens at midnight New Years Day. Wind chill values could dip below 0°.

Falling temperatures and windy conditions will arrive Sunday across the area.

Thursday will begin with readings in the single digits with afternoon highs in the low 20s.

Areas off Lake Ontario are also expected to receive some lake snow later Saturday and into Sunday. For those snow lovers out there, despite all this cold weather, no snow is expected through the period. Winds could gust as high as 21 miles per hour.

Not much relief the remainder of the week as frigid air will hang around and temperatures will mostly remain below the freezing mark all week. The last time 3 or more consecutive sub-freezing days happened specifically for the start of a new year was back in 1918 ( according to Climate info gathered by the NWS in Wakefield for Norfolk).

Cold Weather Tips: Due to the possibility of long term freezing temps. into next week; here is a list of cold weather safety tips to keep in mind. Leave cabinet doors open where there are pipes, leave the heat on - no lower than 55 degrees and if temperature dives under 30 degrees - to leave faucets dripping.

  • Jacqueline Ellis