Hard Freeze Warning in Effect Through Friday Morning - 8 News NOW

Hard Freeze Warning in Effect Through Friday Morning

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LAS VEGAS -- Blustery cold weather will move into the Las Vegas valley Thursday night bringing freezing temperatures.

A hard freeze warning goes into effect at midnight and expires at 9 a.m. on Friday. There is also a winter weather advisory on Saturday for elevations above 3,000 feet. Precipitation is expected which could develop into snow. The greatest chance for snow is in the neighborhoods west of the 215 Beltway. The snow could cause travel difficulties on some roads.

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The cold weather is also forcing many homeowners to take action to protect their water pipes. Exposed pipes should be wrapped in an insulation tube to avoid freezing and bursting. Plumber Joe Haiston told 8 News NOW if a person notices only a trickle of water coming out of a faucet, the pipes may be frozen and the main water line should be turned off to avoid a bursting pipe.

Some homeowners are also turning on their heat for the first time this season and may notice a burning smell.

"Usually when you smell that burnt smell, that's because there's dust in the heating coils. but make sure that coil works and stays at a constant temperature," recommends Troy Winkel.

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Technician Derek Scrge says getting the furnace inspected yearly is a good idea and can help locate leaks which could cause hot air to be lost. He also recommends extra caution when using a space heater.

"If you're going to use a space heater, don't hook it up to an extension cord that could be a fire hazard," he said.

The cooler temperatures are expected to last into the beginning of next week.



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