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Cold weather continues, preventing frozen pipes, warming centers open

A benefit will be held Saturday for a Herrin teen injured in a crash. (Photo source: Terry Brooks) A benefit will be held Saturday for a Herrin teen injured in a crash. (Photo source: Terry Brooks)
As the temperatures drop and winds increase there are some steps homeowners can take to prevent that expensive mess, such as insulating pipes. As the temperatures drop and winds increase there are some steps homeowners can take to prevent that expensive mess, such as insulating pipes.
Extremely cold weather and snow is heading for the Heartland this weekend. Bob Reeves will have more on the forecast on Heartland News at 9 and 10. Extremely cold weather and snow is heading for the Heartland this weekend. Bob Reeves will have more on the forecast on Heartland News at 9 and 10.

Good evening,

Temperatures continue to drop and heading into next week many cities across the Heartland will see highs in the single digits. But with those frigid temperatures, it's important to make sure your pipes aren't one of the things freezing. Mollie Lair talked to a plumbing sales manager about how your can prepare. You can click here to continue reading.

In dangerously low temperatures, it can take less than 30 minutes for someone to get hypothermia. There are resources, like homeless shelters, where a person who qualifies can come in out of the cold. Rachel Gartner talked to people at The Lighthouse Shelter today about their services.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is urging residents to take advantage of the state's warming centers at temperatures across the state are forecast to dip to unsafe lows. More than 100 warming centers are open across Illinois.

With the forecast of dangerous cold weather and the potential for several inches of snow, the City of Paducah Engineering-Public Works and Parks Department crews are preparing to initiate efforts early Sunday morning to battle the winter storm.

Watch Heartland News at 9 and 10 tonight for the latest forecast with Bob Reeves.

A benefit Saturday will be held for a southern Illinois teenager in Herrin. Kassidy Mauk, 17, was a passenger in a car with three other teens on Aug. 12, 2012 when the driver missed the turn and hit a tree on the side where she was seated. Allison Twaits had the story. You can click here for more.

In national news, homeowners and drivers dug out across the white-blanketed Northeast on Friday as extreme cold ushered in by the storm threatened the fingers and toes but kept the snow powdery and mercifully easy to shovel. At least 13 deaths were blamed on the storm as it swept across the nation's eastern half.

Amber Ruch
County News Digital Content Producer
aruch@kfvs12.com
KFVS Hotline: 1-800-455-NEWS

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