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We are about to get tackled by Old Man Winter. Don’t get caught unprepared.

If 70-degree weather doesn’t appeal to you on Christmas, news of this week’s changing forecast should send your jolliness into overdrive.

It has mine.

Forecasters say things are about to get downright frigid in North Texas, but you still have a few days to prepare.

The super cold temperatures are expected to blow into Erath County on Thursday with a high of 46 and a low of 14.

But things take an even chillier turn on Friday with a high of only 24 and low of 10 (maybe even lower with the wind chill.)

Things warm up just a tad on Christmas Eve (high 33, low 16) and Christmas Day (high 40, low 23).

That means now’s the time to finish your Christmas shopping and begin preparing for the arrival of Old Man Winter.

Here’s what the United Way says you should do.

PROTECT YOUR PETS: If you have fur babies, bring them inside and make sure farm animals have plenty of food and water and are not overly exposed to the cold.

FILL UP THE GAS TANK: Make sure your vehicle has plenty of gas when traveling so you can stay warm if you become stranded.

WRAP PIPES: Locate and insulate pipes most susceptible to freezing, typically those near outer walls, in crawl spaces or in the attic. Wrap pipes with heat tape (UL approved) and seal any leaks that allow cold air inside where pipes are located.

Disconnect garden hoses and shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.

Finally, make sure you have plenty of firewood to keep things cozy, hot chocolate, sprinkles and everything you need to make Christmas-shaped sugar cookies.

Then settle in to enjoy this rare blast of holiday air.


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