Colder temps expected

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 13, 2014

Temperatures are expected to dip to cold and then even colder as the week goes along.

Forecasters say this dose of cold weather is an early taste of winter.

A freeze watch is in effect for Covington County from tonight to Friday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, one can expect temperatures to drop to freezing north of the coast.

Highs today are expected to only reach the low 50s, with gusty winds of 10-15 mph.

The coldest air is expected to arrive tonight, with a low around 30, and wind chill values between 20 and 25.

Forecasters say these are the coldest temperatures since February.

Friday’s high is near 52, and the low will be around 30 once again.

Saturday’s high will reach 60, and a low around 41.

A low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico will bring rain to the area on Sunday and Sunday night, with an inch or more predicted.

Residents can expect another round of cold weather after Sunday’s rains with a high near 60 on Monday and a low around 30.

Forecasters say the colder pattern will be around for a while.

Covington County EMA director Susan Harris said as with all weather events it is the responsibility of the public to make sure they are prepared for an event.

“As we end hurricane season, and the beginning of winter, it is important for everyone to be prepared,” she said. “During winter events it is very important to have several means of backup for heating. Check battery powered equipment, and stock extra batteries for flashlights and portable radios.”

Harris said to check food and water supplies and stock extra if needed.

“Stay indoors during storms and cold snaps,” she said. “Dress to fit the season. Loose, layered clothing will keep your body warm, and a hat and mittens will protect your extremities. Don’t forget your pets or livestock.”

Harris also said families should be mindful of the threat of fires within homes, and recommended the following:

• Keep chimneys clean;

• Only burn suitable fuels and never overload the fireplace;

• Be careful when using open fires to keep warm; and

• Make sure that embers are extinguished before leaving the room unattended for long periods of time or before going to bed.