Freeze Warnings! More BBBRRR Cold 411

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March 4, 2019
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Monday 3/4 update: The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning for the entire Austin metro area, in effect until noon on Monday. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport fell to 31 degrees in the 5 a.m. hour Monday morning, while Camp Mabry officially hit 29 degrees in the 6 a.m. hour. Much of the Hill Country saw lows in the low-to-mid 20s, with temperatures around the metro area in the upper 20s. With strong, gusty winds continuing behind an arctic cold front that pushed through Sunday, high temperatures Monday will struggle to reach the mid 30s. Another hard freeze is expected overnight into Tuesday morning, with the forecast calling for a low of 27 degrees in Austin. Gusty north winds behind the front will push wind chills down into the middle teens. Talk 1370  Keep up w/ the 4 Ps - People, Pets, Plants & Pipes! 

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Here is some helpful BBBRRR COLD 411 Stay Warm  the next few days/ nights ATX!  

Talk 1370: A strong arctic cold front will push through the area early on Sunday, sending temperatures down through the course of Sunday afternoon and evening to a forecast low of 27 degrees Monday morning. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing for anywhere between 8 and 15 consecutive hours. Gusty north winds behind the front will push wind chills down into the middle teens.

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Remember the 4 Ps  - People, Pets, Plants & Pipes. 

ATX EMS Winter Weather Safety /Cold Weather Tips:

  • Keep your cell-phone or other media devices fully charged, in case of power outage
  • Regularly check on friends, families, and neighbors 
  • Remember, if you have a history of respiratory illness, e.g. Asthma or COPD, increased movement in and out of cold climate can aggravate your medical condition. – Stay indoors!
  • Dress warm in layers when going out. Protect your head, hands, neck, face, and ears. Water resistance non-slip footwear
  • Do not leave anyone in a vehicle during the cold.  
  • Never use your oven, stove, or portable charcoal, propane, natural gas, or gasoline grills or heaters to heat your home or any enclosed area.  
  • If you take prescription medications, ensure you have enough of all medication to get you through the cold spell 
  • Gas tank filled up is extremelyhelpful!   
  • Click here more on cold weather safety for pets, travel & more

Austin Humane Society  / Cold Weather Pet Tips:

  • Keep your pets inside.  If you see furbabies outside in freezing temperatures. It can be reported by calling 3-1-1!
  • Make sure outside pets have a warm place to sleep. 
  • Consider dressing your pet in a coat or sweater. Choose pet clothing that covers the neck, shoulders, back, belly and base of the tail. Pet booties work as well.
  • Provide access to fresh water. Check bowls to make sure the water has not frozen over.
  • Active pets need more food. Increase their supply of food. Calories help keep them warm.
  • Beware of hidden cats. Outdoor cats will sleep under the hoods of cars to keep warm. Bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine. It will help give the cat a chance to escape. 
  • Exposed cold surfaces can freeze paws. When walking, try to stay on the grass.
  • Thoroughly wipe down your pets. They can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking their paws. 
  • Antifreeze is lethal to dogs and cats. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

Stay Warm  he next few days/ nights ATX!  Look forward to the end of the week warm up! Heather R.