PITTSBURG — Cold weather has settled in this week, but according to the National Weather Service, it is going to get even colder.
NWS in Springfield, Missouri, is forecasting especially cold temperatures for this weekend, leading into Monday next week. While NWS isn’t predicting any snow, cold weather can still bring dangers to the area.
“It’s just going to be cold,” NWS Meteorologist Doug Cramer said. “We have a pretty good chance to not see any precipitation or snow, but it is going to get cold.”
Cramer said Sunday and Monday nights are expected to be the coldest.
“Sunday night into Monday morning we’re forecasting a low temperature of -2 degrees,” Cramer said. “And then Monday night going into Tuesday morning, Pittsburg is looking at a balmy four degrees.”
NWS is forecasting a high of 12 degrees and 10 degrees for Sunday and Monday, respectively.
While the best way to combat cold weather is to stay out of it, AAA has tips for those traveling in frigid weather.
Before going anywhere in a vehicle, AAA recommends checking tire pressure, avoiding driving while fatigued and keeping the gas tank at least half full to prevent fuel line freezing. AAA also said a vehicle should never be warmed up in an enclosed space, such as a garage.
On the road, AAA reminds drivers to always wear a seatbelt. The company’s tips also include not using a parking brake on icy or wet surfaces, and avoiding using cruise control while on icy or wet surfaces.
AAA also recommends taking a mobile phone when traveling in cold weather in case drivers become stranded. AAA recommends that stranded drivers call for help and remain inside their vehicle in cold temperatures — if at all possible. It is also advised to turn on the dome light if stranded at night, as it makes the vehicle easier to spot.
A full list of winter travel tips can be found at http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/.
Humans aren’t the only ones susceptible to cold weather. Below freezing temperatures can also affect pets. The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends speaking to a veterinarian about a pet’s specific needs, but offers tips to keep animals safe during the cold weather.
The number one tip offered by AVMA is to stay inside. The association said cats and dogs should be kept inside, especially when temperatures are below freezing. When walking pets, AVMA recommends checking paw pads for damage or bleeding, as well as wiping paws to keep ice from building, or deicer or antifreeze from getting into paws.
If a pet is outside, shelter and fresh water needs to be provided. This recommendations also apply to livestock. For more information, visit http://www.avma.org.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.