It's going to be bitterly cold tomorrow, Feb. 2. Be aware of the possibility of frozen pipes and prepare your home accordingly. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

JACKSON, Wyo. — High pressure has set in the past few weeks and this week’s temperatures are forecasted to be in the double-digit negatives. The Town of Jackson offers advice on how to avoid frozen pipes.

The Town of Jackson Municipal Code 13.04.160 requires all water users to keep service pipes protected from frost at their own expense.

Freezing winter temperatures can cause water lines to freeze. To avoid this, keep the heat on, no lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit to help keep the pipes from freezing. Check the attic, crawl spaces, and basement and insulate any exposed pipes. The thinner the pipe, the thicker the insulation. Be sure to seal any areas of your home that allow cold air in and turn off all exterior faucets.

Plan ahead before leaving the house for an extended period of time; open cabinet doors under sinks, keep a small trickle of water dripping, and make sure the heat is on.

Homeowners should consider placing hot water jackets on older water heater storage tanks. To avoid fire danger make sure drapes and curtains are not hanging too close to portable heaters or baseboard heaters.

Temperatures are expected to be below freezing all week with lows in the negatives. Tomorrow morning an arctic cold front is expected to arrive. The low is -21 degrees and the high is 11 degrees.

The full weather report for Jackson Hole, Jan. 31 through Feb. 6 is available here. 

Buckrail @ Lindsay

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.