The temperature Sunday night dipped to around 13 degrees, and the high temperature on Monday is expected to climb no higher than 31 degrees. The wind chill factor will make matters worse, weather officials added, making temperatures feel between zero to 15 degrees below.
The “stay home” directive appears to be the order of the day. But even at home, city officials said, certain steps should be taken:
Protect water pipes
- The City of Round Rock encourages residents to protect pipes during freezing weather. Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- 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.
- If you have a swimming pool, keep the pool pump running continuously.
- Let faucets drip inside your house, especially the faucets located near exterior walls.
- Open 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.
- The city strongly recommends residents and businesses turn off their irrigation/sprinkler systems to avoid damage and freezing due to the cold temperatures. Runoff from sprinklers causes hazardous conditions on roadways.
- If a resident experiences broken pipe, the city recommends turning off water flow into the home at the shut-off valve located by their meter. Then call a…