More Rain, Warmer Temps Expected Monday Afternoon After Freezing Start

With freezing rain to start the day, rainy conditions are expected to continue Monday afternoon, but this time the weather should be above freezing.

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Eastern Oklahoma is comparatively icier and colder than western Oklahoma on Monday, but both halves of the state received their fair share of freezing rain overnight.

The rain created havoc on Oklahoma roadways, discouraging travel for many and delaying or closing institutions around the state.

Monday afternoon will be warmer, but still rainy. Tuesday will have highs in the low to mid 40s.

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How to prepare my home for a freeze?

It’s important to protect your pipes from the cold. Safety officials recommend protecting outside pipes by disconnecting garden hoses from your house and installing covers on outside faucets.

Also, if a sink is along an outside wall of your home, allow a trickle of water to run and open the cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate.

The National Weather Service says when temperatures drop to 28°F or lower for a couple of hours you should bring pets indoors, protect sensitive vegetation, protect outdoor pipes and let indoor faucets drip and to turn off automatic sprinklers.

Space Heater Safety Tips (via CBS News)

If you’re using a space heater, make sure it’s not too close to things that can burn like upholstered furniture, clothing, a mattress, or bedding.

Never plug a space heater into an extension cord, always plug it directly into a wall outlet.

Remember to turn it off before leaving the room or going to bed. Keep it out of the reach of children and pets. Look for signs of malfunctions, especially on older models.

Make sure it has an automatic shutoff function.

Make sure you have working smoke detectors with fresh batteries. Change the battery twice a year.

On average, fires caused by portable heaters cause 65 deaths and 150 injuries a year, according to the US Fire Administration.

Overnight on Sunday, firefighters battled several house fires across Oklahoma as temperatures dropped below freezing.

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