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Cold front to precede Christmas Day warmth

By Sonny Long
Dec. 19, 2012 at 6:19 a.m.


PEOPLE, PETS & PIPES

When temperatures approach freezing, people, pets and pipes need to be protected. Here are some tips:

• PEOPLE - Wear loose, lightweight, warm clothes in layers; stay active to maintain body heat; take frequent breaks from the cold; have emergency heat source available.

• PETS - Move animals to sheltered areas; provide extra food; provide plenty of water and make sure it doesn't freeze.

• WATER PIPES - Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors; insulate any exposed pipes; if the weather is very cold, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes.

SOURCE: National Weather Service

A low-pressure system blew through the Crossroads on Wednesday, bringing with it low temperatures that are expected to fall below freezing Thursday night.

"The strengthening low brought windy conditions and a cold front across South Texas," said Douglas Vogelsang, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

Winds gusted as high as 30 mph Wednesday as a red flag warning was also issued for 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday because of the high fire danger.

According to the NWS, Thursday's forecast includes a high temperature in Victoria of 59 with a low of 29. On Friday night the low is expected to be 36.

Afterward, a warming trend is expected to return to the area and hang around through Christmas Day.

Christmas Day temperatures are expected to be above average with highs in the upper 70s, said Vogelsang.

There is also a 30 percent chance of rain on Christmas that will precede a cold front that will drop temperatures the day after Christmas into the 30s.

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