In freezing temperatures and the possibility of freezing rain and sleet on the way, pipes, pets and plants must be protected.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – In preparation for the impending cold explosion, many things are already underway that could bring our temperatures down to our 30s or even 20s by Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
City crews are expected to work on an emergency plan to protect everyone, especially the homeless population.
TxDOT will keep an eye on the roads and, if necessary, take measures to ensure safe driving.
Given the freezing temperatures and the potential for freezing rain and sleet on the way, city administrator Peter Zanoni said those responsible will stay in close contact with the experts from the National Meteorological Service here in Corpus Christi.
“The combination of increasing precipitation probabilities and freezing temperatures will open the window for some winter weather. Right now this window looks like Sunday and Monday,” said meteorologist Melissa Huffman.
While many residents focus on the possibility of the word, weather experts said that at the freezing temperatures, people should be prepared for the potential of a hard freeze, something we haven’t seen in about 10 years.
In fact, we had to go way back in our archives to find a video from our last frost in February 2011 when the ice forced several roads and overpasses to a halt.
It was something that even people would park their vehicles and hike the JFK Causeway to get to the island.
Huffman said it is never too early for people to plan ahead.
“As we prepare for the weekend, we like to tell people about the 4 ps. We like to tell them about people, grandma and grandpa are ready for longer weather. We also like to tell people to think about their pets. ” said Huffman.
And when it comes to plants, be sure to cover them. Experts say you should try to stay away from tarpaulin and plastic as these could actually damage your vegetation. Instead, South Texas gardener Gabriel Vega said there were safer alternatives.
“Sheets, heavy curtains, old curtains, heavy bedspreads, even towels,” Vega said.
He said to make sure the ceiling touches the ground like a tent.
It might sound crazy too, but he said to water the soil around your plants before freezing it.
“Water in the soil actually regulates and creates warming temperatures than the atmospheric conditions of a hard frost,” said Gabriel Vega of Botanico.
Don’t forget to protect these outer tubes. Master plumber Brian Brandon from Natures Plumbing gave us an easy way to demonstrate how you can do just that. He says isolation will be your number one defense against the bitter temperatures.
“This is just split insulation that’s cut with a razor and taped around the pipe. In the worst case scenario, wrap it around the pipe with rag tape and try to keep it warm that way,” said Brian Brandon, a master plumber and owner of Natures Plumbing.
“Other techniques, remove the hose, and if it gets really cold you can even run your faucet with a slight drip,” said Brandon.
Meanwhile, city administrator Peter Zanoni said they are also working with homeless agencies to make sure those home on the street have a warm place to stay with with food and blankets.
The Salvation Army will provide emergency shelter.
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