Edmond and other metro residents are preparing for single digit lows predicted to occur later this week.

KOCO-5’s seven-day forecast includes a bone-chilling, near-zero low of 3 degrees for Friday night, followed by a “warming” trend of a low of 5-degrees for Saturday and 13 degrees for Sunday.

The arrival of frontal boundary and a blast of polar air on Wednesday will be accompanied by a 40 percent chance of snow and a 30 percent chance on Thursday, when the high is predicted to be a frigid 17 degrees.

KOCO-5 Chief Meteorologist Rick Mitchell said the change will include sub-zero wind-chill factors and light blowing snow. Mitchell said even into mid-January the area could see temperatures on the cold side of “normal.”

When temperatures remain below freezing for long periods of time water can freeze in a pipe. That threat increases when outdoor temperatures drop to 20 degrees, the temperature at which ice is likely to begin forming in water pipes located in an unheated portion of a house, according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety.

When water freezes in a pipe, it expands the same way. If it expands enough, the pipe bursts, water escapes and serious damage results. Water freezes when heat in the water is transferred to subfreezing air. The best way to keep water in pipes from freezing is to slow or stop this transfer of heat.

Letting faucets drip slowly keeps water flowing through pipes vulnerable to freezing. Ice might still form in the pipes, but an open faucet lets water escape before the pressure builds to where a pipe can burst.

Cold weather pet tips

Edmond animal welfare supervisor Jim Fish said pets are another important consideration during bitter cold weather. Fish said a good way to judge the conditions is for a pet owner to step outside a few minutes.

“If it’s too cold for people, it’s too cold for dogs and cats as well,” Fish said.

Fish said during ultra-cold weather it’s best for owners to bring their pets indoors and to ensure that they have plenty of food and water. Outdoor pets preferably should have an insulated dog house raised a few inches off the ground, Fish said. It should contain bedding such as a sleeping blanket.

A pet’s outdoor water supply can freeze, and a good option is a heated bucket, available at any well-stocked feed store, Fish said. It’s also a good idea to not let short-hair pets outdoors for more than a few minutes at a time, he said.

Lastly, if the cold weather gets you down, keep in mind that 90-degree July days are only six months away.

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