Let your faucets drip, don’t drive if you don’t have to, and be careful with space heaters in the home.

Stone County residents need to prepare for freezing temperatures today as the National Weather Service issues winter weather warnings for the Gulf Coast this morning with record-low temperatures expected by nightfall.

The NWS reported a high of 35 degrees for Monday with a strong chance of freezing rain. Monday night, the temperature is expected to drop to 15 degrees.

A Hard Freeze advisory remains in effect for the Southeastern Mississippi counties from 10 p.m. Monday night until 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

Stone Countians need to use common sense and heed some tried-and-true winter weather advice.

Residents should let faucets drip to avoid pipes freezing anytime the temperature threatens to drop below 32 degrees. If any exterior pipes are exposed, cover them up and open the faucet slightly for a small stream of water overnight. Even a trickle of water running can help prevent pipes bursting.

The combination of freezing temperatures and rain makes driving hazardous, so be wary of icy conditions that can cause wrecks. Only drive somewhere if necessary, and give plenty of space to other drivers.

Residents should also be extra careful of heaters in the home. Leave nothing flammable close to the heater. If it is a portable electric heater, make sure it cannot turn over and start a fire. Do not leave heaters unattended. Having a carbon-monoxide and smoke-detector is always a good idea, no matter what the weather report says. 
It is also a good idea to check vulnerable individuals. Check on elderly neighbors and make sure they have adequate heat. Be sure to bring in outdoor pets and ensure livestock have adequate shelter.

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