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Temperatures fall 10-15 degrees below average for next week

Snow in the high country, freezing temperatures coming to Piedmont (Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV) Snow in the high country, freezing temperatures coming to Piedmont (Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Cold weather has set in over the Charlotte area, with lows expected to dip down into the teens overnight.

WBTV Meteorologist Chris Larson said the average for this time of year is 54 degrees. The average low sits right at freezing, 32 degrees.

For the next week, you can expect daily highs to be 10-15 degrees below average. Daily lows will fall below the freezing mark for the next week straight, according to Chris Larson.

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Now is a good time to protect your home from cold weather damage.

Ken Ashton, with Michal & Son in Charlotte, recommends that you open doors to cabinets where plumbing is to allow warm air to circulate. Also, allow a slow drip on faucets in multiple areas of the home overnight.

“Well, the first thing they should be checking is to make sure their garden hoses are not connected up to their faucets. That is the leading, number one device that will freeze and will cause an issue so get out there disconnect those hoses,” Ashton said. “Number two, should a disaster occur, know where the main shut off valve is located in your house.”

Ashton said locating the shut off valve can prevent serious water damage.

As a general rule of thumb, it is also smart to make sure you have good insulation over your pipes, specifically in the garage and attic.

Also, with the cold weather settling in, don’t forget about your pets. Gorge Ortega, with The Humane Society of Charlotte, said pets can die from cold exposure.

“It is just like humans,” Ortega said. “From frost bite to, you know, we can get sick, pets can get sick too, so if they start acting different and not acting normal then you definitely want to consult your veterinarian.”

Don’t forget, if ingested by animals, antifreeze products can be deadly to your animals. 

If you can’t afford to pay your heating bills, there is help available in Charlotte. Reach out to Crisis Assistance Ministry at 704-371-3001

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