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Tri-County Prepares for Sudden Drop in Temperatures, Lowest Since 2022

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Tri-County Bracing for Coldest Temperatures Since 2022

Residents of Tri-County are bracing themselves as meteorologists predict a drastic drop in temperatures, forecasting frigid conditions not experienced since late 2022. The plunge will take place on Wednesday night with temperatures expected to hit a low of 20 degrees. While temperatures are anticipated to rise slightly on Thursday and Friday, hovering in the 40s, predictions for Saturday warn of a biting 15 degrees.

Winter Weather Safety Tips

In anticipation of the bitter conditions, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) has issued precautions and safety measures to help residents prepare for and stay safe during the winter chill. These helpful tips, detailed in the SCEMD’s Severe Winter Weather Guide, range from creating an emergency supply kit to ensuring houses are effectively winterized.

Preparing Homes for the Cold

Key recommendations for home preparation include:

  • Insulating pipes to prevent freezing and, in extremely low temperatures, letting faucets drip slightly.
  • Plugging gaps around doors and windows with caulk and weather strips to prevent drafts and retain indoor heat.
  • Understanding how to isolate water valves in case a pipe bursts.
  • Disconnecting outdoor water hoses and covering faucets for additional protection.

Checking On Vulnerable Community Members

Along with home preparation, the SCEMD also underscores the importance of community during these harsh periods. As such, it encourages residents to check on their family, neighbors, and friends, particularly the elderly and those living alone, to ensure their safety and well-being.

Take Care of Pets

Pets aren’t immune to the bite of the cold either. Recognizing the vulnerability of animals during this time, residents are also urged to keep pets indoors during the day and at night to prevent them from suffering hypothermia, frostbite, or other cold weather-related conditions.

For more detailed information on how to weather the cold, the Severe Winter Weather Guide offers an exhaustive resource for preparation and safety measures.

Bracing for the Cold

As Tri-County braces itself for the coldest temperatures since 2022, being prepared and vigilant can contribute to ensuring the safety and well-being of communities and their pets. Stay warm, take precautions, and look out for each other during these freezing conditions.

HERE Rock Hill
Author: HERE Rock Hill

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