Hampton Roads prepares for bitterly cold temperatures

Posted at 2:54 PM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-19 05:55:36-05

Virginia Beach, Va. (WTKR) - Hampton Roads is bracing for a cold night Monday.

Monday night is expected to be the coldest night of the year so far.

Temperatures will fall into the teens by Tuesday morning with wind chills in the single digits.

We're even tracking another chance for snow Friday and Saturday.

The Virginia Beach Fire Department says folks needs to take precautions when using a variety of auxiliary heating sources, including space heaters, kerosene heater, electric blankets and fireplaces.

"If you’re using electric devices, make sure you are looking at the cords, make sure there’s no frayed cords or anything like that. Make sure you’re not overloading the outlets or a surge protector," Master Firefighter Kyle Bosiljevac told NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo Monday.

Firefighters say it only takes a matter of seconds for a fire to spark that can turn into a big problem.

"Very quick, very quick, within a few minutes it can be a huge issue. Smoke if nothing else," Bosiljevac commented.

You can read more about fire prevention from the Virginia Beach Fire Department here.

Pipes could also be a concern during the cold snap. Jeff Hux, owner of Norfolk Plumbing, Inc., says to keep water running and the cold air out of the house. "Some of the biggest advice I could give is to close your outside foundation vents most of the freezing that we see," Hux said.