Cold record safe for today |

Cold record safe for today

Cows weather the snow on Tuesday near the Dangberg ranch in Minden. Cold temperatures are forecast to hit Carson Valley tonight.
Alicia Powers |

To prevent pipes from freezing, the American Red Cross suggests:

■ 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.

This morning’s temperatures are cold, but nowhere near the record of minus 5 set in 1972. As of 6:30 p.m. the temperature was 19 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Frigid temperatures behind a cold front that arrived Tuesday broke an 85-year record for Dec. 4 of 7 degrees set in 1928.

R-C weather watcher Stan Kapler recorded a temperature of minus 1 degree on Wednesday morning, setting the new record for the day.

Kapler reported 2.5 inches of snow fell over four hours on Tuesday, consisting of .11 inches of moisture.

Extreme cold temperatures are not unusual in Carson Valley for the first few weeks of December. A cold spell in 2009 saw temperatures drop to minus 11 degrees on Dec. 8 and minus 18 degrees on Dec. 9.

That year the cold froze pipes all over the Valley. Plumbers suggested leaving a drip overnight to prevent pipes from freezing.

According to a special statement issued this afternoon by the National Weather Service, another snow storm is forecast to arrive in Carson Valley on Friday night.

“A foot or more of snow is possible in the Sierra above 7,000 feet with at least several inches of snow in the eastern Sierra valleys and Lake Tahoe Basin.”

About 1.5 inches of snow could accumulate in the Western Nevada valleys. The storm will affect travel on Interstate 80 and highways 50, 88, and 395.

Temperatures in the Valley could drop to minus 2 again on Saturday. Temperatures in the Sierra could drop to 20 degrees below freezing on Sunday morning.