The Brazos Valley is under a Winter Weather Advisory from THU (2/11/21) 9:39 AM CST until THU (2/18/21) 7:00 PM CST
Weather forecasters are predicting Freezing weather for the Brazos Valley starting on Thursday, February 11th, and going thru to Friday, February 19th when the low temperatures are expected to reach the mid 30’s.
Stay tuned to local weather updates: KBTX,
If traveling, please be especially careful when traveling on bridges and overpasses as they tend to cool faster than surrounding grounds and may become slick.
Prepare your homes & property against possible damage from these temperatures by following these simple guidelines.
- Insulate exposed pipes. These are the pipes that come out of the ground and go into your house. Wrap them with old towels and tape the towels in place. You can also buy insulation that fits around the pipe. It doesn’t fit perfectly around the joints. You may want to wrap towels on any exposed areas just in case.
- Keep the heat on. If you will be gone for a few days, set the thermostat to at least 60 degrees.
- Drip your outdoor water tap. This keeps the water moving and moving water freezes slower than still water.
- Drip an indoor water tap the farthest away from where the water comes into the house. By doing this you are moving water through most of the pipes in the house.
- Open the inside door to the garage to circulate warm air into that part of the house. Many of us have the pipes installed through the garage wall and then into the house. The garage is not heated so by opening the door and allowing heat to escape into the garage, the walls and pipes inside them remain a bit warmer.
- Open cabinets below sinks if they are located on an outside wall. By doing this, the warm air circulates through the cabinet and keeps that outside wall, where the pipes are located, a bit warmer than it would be if the cabinet were closed off from the warm air in the house.
- Know where the water cut off is for your home. In case of a frozen pipe, you will want to turn off the water to your home so that when the pipes thaw out your home will not be flooded.
- Keep cold-sensitive plants covered. At this point, if you haven’t covered them, don’t worry about it. The spring and summer growth has probably already died off. But keep that growth on there because that dead leaves and branches insulates the layers below and keeps them from being damaged by other freezes.
- Cover fruit trees. Some fruit trees have done OK with the weather so far. But with the very cold temperatures, you may want to throw a sheet over the tree if you don’t see any damage. If there is damage just let the tree be and cut off the dead limbs in the spring. The tree will probably not bear fruit next year but it should survive.
- Pets need to be inside! That fur can only do so much when temps drop below 40 degrees! If you have an outdoor only dog, make sure the doghouse is protected from the wind and has plenty of warm blankets for the pup to tunnel into. Puppies and elderly dogs are more sensitive to the cold. And dogs that are ill should definitely be treated to a warmer room during this cold snap.
- Bang loudly on the car hood before starting it up if you park outside. Outdoor cats sometimes crawl into engine compartments that are nice and warm from all that driving. If you start up the car and the cat is in the engine, you could injure or kill the animal. Give the cat a chance to escape.
- Get out the sweater. Short-haired dog breeds get cold quick! So dress them up in a little coat or sweater to keep them from catching a cold.
- Never leave dogs or cats in the car alone. A car can act as a refrigerator, holding the cold in. Just think how cold you are and how long the car takes to warm up, animals are feeling the same thing.
- Active dogs need more food. Animals burn more calories during the cold weather. So add a little something extra to the bowl. Of course, you want to make sure they have fresh, unfrozen water.
- Insulate your water heater. There are blankets that are specially made for water heaters sold at home improvement stores. You can put the blankets on yourself; however, if applied wrong, you can damage your water heater, cause damage to your home, and sometimes void the warranty. It is best to have a professional install these. Water heaters are often outside, in the cold garage. They lose some of the heat to the air and become less efficient during this time of year.
- If water is turned off to the house due to a burst pipe, turn off the water heater. You can burn out the elements by not having water in your water heater. So it’s best just to turn it off until everything is fixed.