The chances of freezing rain and snow have diminished for much of the Augusta area, but there is still the chance for hazardous conditions.
Temperatures below freezing down to the lower 20s are expected over the next few days, according to the forecast from AccuWeather.
Here are a few tips to help prepare for the cooler temperatures, according to the Columbia County EMA:
• Ensure you are properly layered while outside. The temperature drops rapidly after sunset, so make certain everyone who is outside is properly dressed for the below freezing temperatures.
• A dangerous aspect of winter weather is black ice. Slow down your driving speeds, especially during nighttime travel, to avoid accidents.
• Make sure to turn off sprinkler systems to avoid adding to the potentially icy conditions around your home. Make sure you protect all outdoor faucets and to leave water at a drip in your house if not already properly insulated in order to prevent freezing and pipe bursts.
• Don’t forget about pets. Make sure they are brought indoors or, if left outside, they have access to unfrozen water, the proper amount of blankets and ability to stay out of the weather to keep warm.