Prepare to Protect Pipes, Plants and Pets
According to the National Weather Service, precautions should be taken to protect “pets, plants and pipes” as well as people when a freeze warning is issued in the area. A freeze warning is issued by the National Weather Service Austin when weather is expected to bring sub-freezing temperatures to the area.
The coldest weather will continue to arrive in waves this weekend. Widespread freezes are expected Thursday night through Monday morning. Confidence is increasing on the possibility that much of Central Texas could drop below freezing for 24 to 48 hours straight beginning Saturday night.
– Last time Austin’s temperature dropped to the teens: January 17, 2018 – 18°
– Coldest temperature on Austin record: January 31, 1949 – -2°
– Last comparable extended Arctic outbreak: December 1989
Pipes that will be exposed should be insulated from the cold or left to drip when temperatures drop below 32 degrees. Piping in uninsulated and non-heated building should be turned off and drained prior to dropping below 32 degrees.
Call the Utilities Department if assistance is needed to turn off your service in the event of a broken pipe. Dial (830) 598-8741 and follow prompts.
Plants, gardens, and flowerbeds should be covered to trap heat energy from the ground. Potted plants should be brought indoors. If relocation is not possible, wrapping pots with towels may help prevent roots from freezing.
Pets should be brought indoors before temperatures drop to 32 degrees. Check outside watering dishes that will freeze and provide fresh water as needed.
Please check in on your neighbors who may need assistance preparing for the hard freeze event.
Below is a link to more details on how to prepare for a hard freeze event.
Recommended Hard Freeze Protection for Horseshoe Bay Residents