Cold front to bring low temps in the teens

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A cold front is moving into the area with temperatures expected to drop into the teens.

Meteorologists are forecasting Tuesday’s highs to be in the 50s, by nightfall lows will be in the upper 30s.

Wednesday brings a 20 percent chance of light rain in the afternoon, with mostly cloudy skies and highs in the upper 40s. By nightfall Wednesday lows will be in the mid 20s with a 20 percent chance of light rain in the evening.

Thursday’s high will be in the upper 30s and the lows in the upper teens.

Temperatures will warm slightly Friday and Saturday with highs in the 40s, but lows will remain in the 20s and 30s through the weekend.

American Red Cross offers steps people can take to stay safe during the cold weather.

Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.

Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.

If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.

Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.

If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.

Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.

Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.

Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.

Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.

Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.

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