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San Tan Valley and Surrounding Areas Under Freeze Warning


Residents of San Tan Valley, Casa Grande, Cactus Forest, Florence, and Coolidge in Northwest Pinal County are urged to prepare as the National Weather Service in Phoenix has issued a freeze warning effective from 3 AM to 9 AM MST on Saturday, January 6, 2024. The alert comes in response to forecasts predicting temperatures as low as 29 degrees, which could have significant impacts on the community and its surroundings.

Key Information About the Freeze Warning

  • Duration and Timing: The warning is in effect from the early hours of 3 AM until 9 AM MST on Saturday.
  • Expected Conditions: Temperatures are anticipated to drop to around 29 degrees, creating a high risk of frost and freeze conditions.

Potential Impacts

This cold snap poses several risks:
  • Agriculture: Crops and other sensitive vegetation are at a high risk of being killed by the frost and freeze conditions.
  • Outdoor Plumbing: Unprotected outdoor plumbing may be susceptible to freezing and bursting.

Precautionary and Preparedness Actions

Residents are advised to take the following steps to mitigate the impacts of the freeze:

  1. Protecting Plants: Tender plants should be protected from the cold. This can be done by covering them with blankets or bringing them indoors if possible.
  2. Water Pipes: Outdoor water pipes should be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly to prevent freezing and bursting. This includes both household pipes and in-ground sprinkler systems. Above-ground pipes should be covered for added protection.
  3. Stay Informed: Keep up with the latest weather updates and be prepared for any changes in the forecast.
  4. Helping Neighbors: Check on elderly neighbors or those who might not be able to take these precautions on their own.
  5. Pet Safety: Ensure pets are brought indoors or provided with a warm, sheltered area to protect them from the freezing temperatures. Pets can suffer from cold-related illnesses just like humans, so it's crucial to keep them warm and comfortable.

While freeze warnings are not uncommon during this time of the year, they can have significant impacts if proper precautions are not taken. By following the advised preparatory steps, residents of San Tan Valley and surrounding areas can reduce the risk of damage and ensure the safety of their homes and gardens.

Stay tuned to the National Weather Service for further updates. Stay warm and stay safe, San Tan Valley!
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