As if it wasn’t chilly enough, the weather predictors are claiming that 2017 is going to repeat 2016’s cold shoulder departure. The good news is that ice is not a major part of the equation. Still, if drizzle and a wintry mix does pop up, it just may freeze resulting in slip-and-slide conditions. Hopefully, electricity won’t be compromised. Luckily, Oncor and TxDot are already taking steps just in case.
Suggestion: Why not take a second to prepare as the Arctic Front rolls this way. Here are some items to consider:
- Have a blanket in your car.
- Bring your pets and plants indoors.
- Pull out those gloves, woolly socks, six-foot scarves, ear muffs and sock caps.
- Get those errands run now. No need to trek out as the temperatures drop and the wind picks up.
- Start making some soups, gingerbread and chili. Not only will they taste good, they’ll create a great aroma for the house.
- Check leaks in windows and doors to cut down on the outside temperature sneaking in.
- Cover all outdoor pipes.
- Stock up on batteries.
- If your car is outdoors, cover the windshield to prevent possible wintry mix from coating it.
- Check on your neighbors and elderly/disabled friends. They may be trying to cut down on costs by reducing the heat in their homes.
- Don’t use your fireplace if it hasn’t cleaned.
- Candles and space heaters are nice, but they also can start fires. Keep them away from combustibles. The fire department really doesn’t want to make a house call.
- Check your fire and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Buy a fire extinguisher.