Air pipes

Protecting the 3 “Ps” – mates, pipes and pets

In a few hours our snow will hike as the choppy weather slips away. The cold, however, has not left yet.

Arctic Air sets up. This heavy air is like molasses. Once he’s moved in, it’s hard to get out. With fresh snow on the ground, it will only contribute to the feeling of cold.

Wind chill advisories are in effect overnight through Thursday morning. Wind chills approaching -15°F are possible, which is dangerous for us to be outdoors.

When it’s this cold, I can’t stress enough about taking care of the 3 P’s: your buddies, your pets and your pipes!

  1. Dress in layers. Protect your hands, neck and head. Use your scarf for protection in order to filter the cold air.
  2. Watch for frostbite and hypothermia if exposed to the elements for a long time.
  3. Playing in the snow is great and all, but getting wet will only add to your discomfort, so stay dry.
  4. Try not to overdo it. We saw 4″ to over 7″ of snow in parts of Kansas. That’s a lot of shoveling!

If you know me, you know that I love my puppies. They’re spoiled and are probably by the fire at home as of this writing (or lying under the hot stove). As I always say, if it’s too cold for you, so are your pets. Although they have a fur coat, it is not enough to keep them warm. They too can get frostbite and suffer the consequences of exposure to this Arctic. Please give them a warm place to stay indoors!

In this type of cold, pipes can burst and cost you thousands of dollars. You can buy pipe insulation at your local hardware store, which can help in unheated spaces like attics, basements, and garages. The temperature alert threshold is 20°F, which is where our high temperature hovered for much of the day. Now the temperatures are dropping, so you’ll want to run the faucets. Keep the garage door closed and open the doors of the cabinets where the piping is placed.

I hope you won’t face this type of costly situation as we are staying in the freezer until the weekend. The snow will keep our temperatures low with a modest warming trend over the weekend.

— Chief Meteorologist Lisa Teachman