Temperatures near or below the freezing mark are expected for the Augusta area in the next few days. Lows were expected to dip to the upper 20s early Thursday and again Friday morning, said Meteorologist Leonard Vaughan with the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C. Saturday morning could also see below-freezing temperatures.
The high for Thursday is expected to reach about 60 degrees. Slightly warmer temperatures, in the mid- and upper 60s, are expected Friday and the rest of the weekend, Vaughan said.
COLD WEATHER REMINDERS
PREVENT FREEZING PIPES
• Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler lines.
• Remove, drain and store outdoor hoses. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hoses and keep the outside valve open.
• Check insulation around cold and hot water pipes in basements, crawl spaces, attics, garages and under cabinets.
• If you need to thaw a frozen pipe, keep the faucet open and apply heat from an electric heating pad, hair dryer or portable space heater.
• Dogs and cats are safer indoors during cold temperatures and wind chills.
• Outdoor dog houses should be dry and draft-free. The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground.
• Supply more food and water during winter months and use non-metal bowls.
• Store anti-freeze out of reach and clean up spills.
TURN OFF SPRINKLERS
• Runoff from sprinklers can freeze on roadways and cause poor driving conditions. Turn off automatic timers on sprinkler systems.
Source: Pam Tucker, Director of Columbia County Emergency and Operations Division