Did you enjoy the warmer temperatures over the weekend? Hope so, because it is going to be cold with a capital "C" starting tonight!

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Temperatures are expected to be dip to 8 degrees Downeast tonight, but combined with the northwesterly winds 25 to 30 knots with gusts up to 30 miles per hour, we can expect wind chill temperatures of -16

Tomorrow isn't going to be much better. It will be partly sunny the clearing. It will continue to be very windy with highs around 19. Winds will be out of the northwest, 25 to 35 miles per hour.

Tuesday night, the wind will continue to howl, from the northwest, 20 to 30 miles per hour, with gusts up to 45 miles per hour. Temps are expected to remain steady around 17.

Good news is that the winds are expected to subside on Wednesday, and temperatures will get into the mid 30's!

Remember to bring your pets indoors and check on your neighbors.

Here are some tips from the Red Cross on preventing and thawing frozen pipes

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

To Thaw Frozen Pipes

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

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