The National Weather Service is forecasting freezing temperatures during the overnight hours for several nights over the weekend and into next week in the Copperas Cove area.
According to the service, a hard freeze occurs when temperatures reach below 28 degrees during the growing season. A hard freeze can be accompanied by frost.
The Cove Fire Department said the predicted hard freeze could wreak havoc for those who are unprepared and advised residents to protect family, outdoor animals, and homes and properties from the freezing temperatures.
To prevent pipes freezing and bursting, the Red Cross recommends:
- Keeping garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- Opening kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
- Letting cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes.
- Keeping the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night.
More information on winter storms can be found at www.ready.gov.