It#039;s going to be cold out there today

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 23, 2003

Some of the coldest temperatures in seven years are expected this morning in central and south Alabama.

Forecasters are expecting temperatures to drop between 12 and 14 early this morning.

Add wind chill factors, and Rich Thomas, WSFA meteorologist said &uot;we'll be talking single digits.&uot;

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Lows tomorrow night are expected to reach anywhere from 12-18 degrees.

Officials with the Alabama Fire Marshall's office suggest that people winterize their homes for safety. This includes:

wrap pipes in insulation or layers of old newspapers;

let faucets drip a little to avoid freezing;

check your smoke detectors and alarms to make sure that they are working properly;

keep a small, well-vented wood, coal or camp stove with fuel ready;

and never use your oven to heat your home.

Forecasters predict that temperatures will climb back into the mid-50s on Sunday. A small chance of showers is predicted for Sunday.

Press, wire reports contributed to this story.