Prepare yourself for some pretty cold weather this week

The National Weather Service Wakefield is warning of extreme cold temperatures this week stemming from several cold fronts beginning Tuesday afternoon and running through Wednesday afternoon.

Commuters should be prepared for a period of rain beginning Tuesday afternoon and going into Tuesday night, possibly turning into a very light snowfall overnight with temperatures in the low 20s and wind gusts from 20-30 mph, said Mike Montefusco, meteorologist.

The temperature continues to drop into Wednesday morning and afternoon with a second cold front coming through and temperatures hovering around the low- to mid-30s and wind gusts from 30-40 mph, he said.

That really cold air will drop temperatures down into the teens across Wednesday night into Thursday morning with the wind chill making it feel more like single digits, he said.

Motorists could possibly see some icy road conditions on secondary and back roads Wednesday morning from the light precipitation forecast for Tuesday night but Montefusco said the main roads should be pretty clear.

Thursday is shaping up to be the coldest day this week with the temperature staying at or below freezing during the day.

Friday is when the cold weather starts to break and temperatures slowly warm back into the 40s and 50s throughout the weekend.

By the middle of next week the temperatures will warm up to the 60s, he said.

If you are in need of overnight shelter to keep out of the cold this week, click here.

Cold weather tips

Dominion Energy has a few tips to share about the upcoming cold weather as well.

Dominion knows extreme cold weather can result in higher electricity usage for homes and businesses so the company compiled some energy saving tips as well as tips on what to do if an outage occurs.

Energy-wise tips:

  • Make sure your fireplace flue is closed when not in use to keep warm air from escaping your home.
  • Operate ceiling fans in clockwise direction so they push the warm air back down.
  • Close the heat registers and doors in rooms that are not being used.
  • Use towels or old blankets to seal areas at the base of exterior doors where heat often escapes.
  • Keep the water heater set at 120 degrees. If your water heater is located in an unheated space, install an insulation wrap on the heater and adjacent pipes to prevent heat loss.
  • You can find additional energy-saving tips at dominionenergy.com/home-and-small-business

If outages should occur:

  • If your power goes out, report it at dominionenergy.com/outage-center or call 866-366-4357.
  • Turn off major appliances such as heat pumps and electric stoves. Wait a few minutes before turning these appliances back on once the power is restored. This will help prevent large initial demands and help ensure your power stays on when the lines are reenergized.
  • You can check for outage updates at dominionenergy.com/outage-center using smartphones or tablets.

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