A steep drop in temperature – down into the 20s – is headed for Aiken County.
The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a freeze watch for Aiken County and surrounding areas beginning Friday.
Cold Canadian high pressure will move toward the Midlands and Aiken area Friday night into Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
Temperatures will drop into the upper 20s to lower 30s by sunrise Saturday.
The National Weather Service warns that freezing temperatures could kill sensitive vegetation, crops and damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.
According to the American Red Cross, pipes that freeze most frequently are ones that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines and water sprinkler lines; water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages or kitchen cabinets; and pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation.
To help prevent frozen pipes, the Red Cross recommends:
• Keeping garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage;
• Opening kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
• When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing.
• Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
• If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55°F.
For more tips on preparing for winter weather, visit redcross.org.