First Widespread Hard Freeze Tonight

, Written by RaeAnn Christensen, Posted: Wed, November 20 2013 at 6:51 PM, Updated: Wed, November 20 2013 at 6:56 PM

It's the calm before the freeze.

And home depot employees are preparing.

"I think it's kind of last minute this is the first freeze, so especially after the first freeze, people will realize what happened to their piping. During this week I am sure we are going to be having a lot of people coming here," says Home Depot Employee Abraham Figueroa,

It's the first widespread freeze forecast for the Rogue Valley and if your outside pipes aren't ready, now is the time.

Figueroa says "you have a busted water line, now you have your house flooded on the inside or maybe when you walk in your whole yard is flooded."

Even more reason to get ready the National Weather Service says it will be a hard freeze.

"Even really in the outlying areas, we haven't really had a hard freeze even in the outlying areas the temperatures we've been seeing have maybe been 20 to 30, so this is going to be colder," says National Weather Service Meteorologist Brett Lutz.

So it's better to be proactive rather than reactive....

Figueroa says "you want to take into consideration cause it can be very very expensive."

...when it comes to having your home ready for the very cold temperatures that will be sticking around for a while.

Also, this is a good time to be aware of sensitive vegetation if you do have any left.

And be very mindful of outdoor pets tonight.  

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