Temperatures are expected to plunge over the holiday weekend to the low teens in areas of the state as a strong cold front moves in Friday morning. Forecasters say gusty winds could bring wind chills to hover around 0 degrees in parts of the state. Across the country, the storm has already caused more than 1,000 flight cancellations and more are expected.

For those who may experience below freezing temperatures this weekend, CDC officials and plumbing experts suggest these tips to help mitigate damage to your home and protect yourselves and loved ones:

  • Let the faucet run a little overnight. 
  • Disconnect garden hoses from the spigot.
  • Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations with caulking to keep cold air away from pipes.
  • Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements. 
  • Stay dry, stay covered and dress in layers.
  • Provide warmth for your pet and keep them off the ground.

Multiple warming centers in the Charleston area will also be open this holiday weekend for those in need. 

In other headlines:

Charleston names new poet laureate. Charleston City Council Tuesday night named Asiah Mae as the city’s newest poet laureate, taking over after Marcus Amaker, who stepped down after six years.

Celebrated Edisto chef Bardin dies at 64. Philip Bardin, former owner and chef of the Old Post Office restaurant on Edisto Island was confirmed dead. Bardin revolutionized the modernization of grits at fine dining restaurants at the Old Post Office and was known for not only his cooking skills, but his storytelling as well.

3 drainage projects planned for Charleston area. Charleston City Council approved funds that could see drainage improvements in downtown Charleston, James Island and Johns Island.

Charleston International Airport preparing for busy holiday weekend. As holiday travel increases, airport officials said they’re taking extra steps to ensure travelers get to their destinations on time.

Tripledemic rages on this winter. Flu cases are surging, Covid-19 cases are on the rise and RSV cases have most likely peaked, according to officials. Scientists hope next winter will be better.

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