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Advocate editorial board opinion: Have fun, but practice common sense precautions

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Feb. 2, 2011 at 6 p.m.
Updated Feb. 1, 2011 at 8:02 p.m.


WEATHER TIPS

Road conditions: Phone TxDOT at 800-452-9292

Protecting your home:

Under most conditions when the temperature drops to 20 degrees or below, leave a small steady stream of water running overnight to help prevent lines from freezing. The amount of water used will only cost a few pennies.

Make sure water pipes coming into the home are not exposed to cold air.

Even if your basement is finished, check your pipes coming in to make sure there is insulation around them.

Info from: www.ABC4.com

By now, most people have been informed about the severe cold weather facing us. Freezing rain, sleet or snow might be in store for us today and through the night.

We think it's probably a good idea to stay home and inside Friday morning until the worst is over. If you must drive to work, leave early and drive carefully. Be sensible when deciding what you're doing.

Stay informed with us.

The Advocate is the central forum for weather information. And we are constantly posting closures, updates, road conditions via the Texas Department of Transportation and other information.

If you know of a closure or cancellation, call the Advocate newsroom at 361-574-1222 or e-mail newsroom@vicad.com, and we will post it on our website.

If you take photographs if it snows or ices over, we urge you to go to southtxsnow.powterous.com and share your photos.

Participate in our open blog at www.victoriaadvocate.com - CoverItLive. You can report dangerous weather situations and other occurrences, and you can chat with others on the blog.

We know snow means fun, and we are all for fun, but remember to be safe when you are out and about.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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