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Redding City Officials Warn of Freezing Temps, Urge Residents to Prepare For Several Inches of Snow

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Dec 18 2012 01:09:46 PM CST
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REDDING, Calif. -

The National Weather service has issued a winter storm watch as many people make holiday travel plans.  Redding officials are also warning residents to prepare for freezing temperatures.  

More rain and snow is expected in interior Northern California Wednesday night through the weekend.

Snow levels will lower to the Northern Sacramento Valley floor Thursday morning before gradually climbing to 3000 to 4000 feet by Saturday.  The winter storm watch is in effect from late Wednesday night through late Thursday night.  There could be 2 to 5 inches of snow around 500 feet.

Snow will likely impact travel on area highways and potentially at Redding Municipal Airport.

The City of Redding issued a news release, which said the forecast of cold weather, including snow showers, is a good reminder to Redding residents to take precautions to avoid injuries or property damage resulting from freezing
nighttime temperatures.

With temperatures expected to drop below freezing Tuesday and Wednesday, residents should ensure pipes and outdoor water lines are protected if exposed to cold weather.

In extreme cold, residents should disconnect hoses and cover outdoor faucets and pipes, or allow them to trickle slightly to prevent freezing.

Homeowners also should turn automatic sprinklers to the "off' or "rain" setting until temperatures warm up to prevent water from freezing on sidewalks. Commercial property owners and landscapers are urged to turn off sprinklers, especially those near public sidewalks, to prevent slippery conditions.

The National Weather Service is forecasting up to several inches of snow Wednesday night through Thursday night, presenting challenges for motorists. The Redding Fire Department urges residents to avoid driving on snowy roads if it is not necessary. Drivers who do venture out should reduce their speed and remember that braking distances are increased on slippery streets.

The Department urges residents to ensure space heaters have adequate clearance of at least 36 inches from combustibles and to not use barbecues or unapproved kerosene heaters inside the home. Paper products should not be burned in a fireplace or wood stove and if power goes out, use lanterns or flashlights instead of candles. Homeowners are also urged to make sure smoke alarm batteries are fresh.