October 8, 2019

A Near-Record Cold Storm Wednesday and Thursday.

Synopsis/Overview:

An unseasonably cold storm will push through Utah Wednesday and Thursday dropping daytime and overnight temperatures near-record lows. Daytime temperatures will be almost 30 degrees colder from Tuesday to Wednesday, with overnight temperatures below freezing Wednesday and Thursday nights, including valley floors. Mountain snow showers are possible while valley precipitation is all uncertain, but there are low end chances along the Wasatch Front. Transportation impacts are not expected.

For list of places impacted, please click the link below.

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City Cold Weather Considerations

Residents:
1. Prepare to dress with coats and layers to prevent hypothermia
2. Watch for signs of frostbite when children have been out for an extended period of time
3. Check your vehicle for issues such as: low tire pressure, cold weather starting, and warming up a vehicle in a closed garage.
4. Vehicle warming in the morning is also opportunistic time for thieves. Be Prepared
5. Never try to heat your home using a charcoal or gas grill, the kitchen stove, or other product not specifically designed as a heater. These can cause a fire or produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide very quickly. 6. Check on neighbors that may be susceptible to cold weather conditions

Employees​:
1. Recognize the environmental and workplace conditions that may be dangerous.
2. Learn the signs and symptoms of cold-induced illnesses and injuries and what to do to help workers.
3. Train workers about cold-induced illnesses and injuries.
4. Encourage workers to wear proper clothing for cold, wet and windy conditions, including layers that can be adjusted to changing conditions.
5. Be sure workers in extreme conditions take a frequent short break in warm dry shelters to allow their bodies to warm up.
6. Try to schedule work for the warmest part of the day.
7. Avoid exhaustion or fatigue because energy is needed to keep muscles warm.
8. Use the buddy system – work in pairs so that one worker can recognize danger signs.
9. Drink warm, sweet beverages (sugar water, sports-type drinks) and avoid drinks with caffeine (coffee, tea, sodas or hot chocolate) or alcohol.
10. Eat warm, high-calorie foods such as hot pasta dishes.
11. Remember, workers face increased risks when they take certain medications, are in poor physical condition or suffer from illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension or cardiovascular disease.

Cold Weather home considerations:

1. Prevent Pipes from freezing
a. Disconnect all garden hoses and install covers on outside faucets.
b. Keep your house temperature at 55 degrees or higher, even if you are leaving the house for an extended period of time.
c. Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow heat from the home to circulate. d. Identify the location of the main water valve and the valve on your water heater. Apply oil such as WD-40 to the shut off valve before operating it to prevent the valve from breaking. (Learning the location of these valves may come in handy during an emergency).
e. Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or with heating tape. This could prevent freezing, especially for interior pipes that run along outside walls.
f. Close all windows near water pipes; cover or close open-air vents. Freezing temperatures combined with wind drafts can cause pipes to freeze more frequently.
g. Heat your basement and consider weather sealing your windows.
h. If you plan to be away from your home for an extended period of time, shut off water supply valve. (be cautious if in a multi family home, so you don’t shut off water to neighbor).
i. Identify the location of your water meter and take precautions to keep it from freezing.

2. Monitor Freezing pipes Once the cold temperature have come, be sure to monitor your water flow to help recognize if any pipes are beginning to freeze.
a. The first sign of freezing is reduced water flow from a faucet.
b. Check your faucets for water flow and pressure before you go to sleep and again when you wake up.
c. Check pipes around your water meter, near exterior walls and crawl spaces. These tend to be vulnerable to freezing conditions.

3. If a Pipe Freezes
a. If a faucet or pipe inside your house freezes, you can thaw it using a good hair dryer (for safety, avoid operating a hair dryer around standing water). b. To thaw a frozen pipe, heat water on the stove, soak towels in hot water and wrap them around cold sections of the pipes.
c. When thawing a pipe, start thawing it nearest to the faucet. Make sure the faucet is turned on so that the melted water can drip out.