"Is it cold enough out there for ya?" Typically, this question is asked in a joking manner when temperatures reach below 40 degrees in the Cecil and New Castle county area. Recently that question is not as funny as used to be with frigid temperatures bringing the area into the single digits and some areas feeling like it is below zero.
National Weather Service Alert
The National Weather Service has issued the following Wind Chill alert for the local area:
... WIND CHILL ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 5 PM EST TUESDAY...
* HAZARD TYPES... DANGEROUS COLD AND WIND.
* WIND CHILL VALUES... .AS LOW AS 10 TO 15 DEGREES BELOW ZERO.
* TIMING... LATE TONIGHT THROUGH MIDDAY TUESDAY.
* IMPACTS... PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO THE DANGEROUS COLD AND WIND MAY LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA AND FROSTBITE.
A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. LIMIT YOUR TIME OUTSIDE IF POSSIBLE.
... DANGEROUS COMBINATION OF COLD AND WIND EXPECTED LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY...
.AN ARCTIC AIRMASS WILL SETTLE INTO OUR AREA TONIGHT AND TUESDAY. THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD TEMPERATURES AND GUSTY WINDS WILL RESULT IN BITTERLY COLD AND EVEN DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS.
Keeping Your Home Warm
While most will probably remain indoors, your home is only going to provide so much protection from the cold unless you properly heat it. Many try to conserve on their energy and heating bills by keeping their thermostats set between 65 and 70 degrees. When dealing with subzero temperatures that range is not sufficient.
Even if you make use of heating towers or space heaters your home also needs to be warm enough to protect your pipes as well. Keeping temperatures around 72 degrees or higher in the home will help. It is also recommended to leave faucets at a low stream to relieve pressure and help prevent your pipes from bursting overnight. If you live in an apartment where your property owner pays the water bill let them make the call about whether or not to leave faucets on. Either way it is their bill to pay so they must use their own sound judgment in this situation.
Please keep warm and remember to bring your pets inside so they can keep warm, also.