Snow and Cold Temps to Hit El Dorado County Tuesday - Hard Freeze Watch
A blast of winter is headed to El Dorado County on Tuesday as a winter system from the Northwest hits the region. A strong cold front will move through the Sierra and Western Nevada late Monday night into Tuesday.
Western Slope: URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SACRAMENTO CA
...FREEZE CONDITIONS POSSIBLE IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY AND FOOTHILL LOCATIONS LATER THIS WEEK...
.A VERY COLD AIRMASS ORIGINATING FROM WESTERN CANADA WILL MOVE INTO CALIFORNIA BY THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK. LOW TEMPERATURES NEAR FREEZING ARE EXPECTED TUESDAY NIGHT...WITH WIDESPREAD SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH AT LEAST FRIDAY NIGHT.
...HARD FREEZE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING BELOW 2000 FEET...
* IMPACTS: COLD TEMPERATURES COULD KILL CROPS AND SENSITIVE VEGETATION...HARM PETS AND LIVESTOCK AND COULD CAUSE PIPES TO BURST.
In Tahoe, Strong wind gusts up to 50 mph will result as the front band of the storm passes by on Monday night. The winds will be accompanied by precipitation which will begin as rain up to 6,000 feet but quickly changes to snow. Snow levels will lower Tuesday morning. 1" to 2" of snow due in the valley with up to 4" in the Sierra. Snow may continue through Tuesday.
Behind the front will be very cold temperatures with South Lake Tahoe seeing highs in the 20s and lows in single digits.
Cold Weather for Pets and Livestock
When record cold, with ice and snow hit, as part of Animal Emergency Preparedness, animal owners should be aware and ready to protect their pets and livestock and do the proper things to help them through this unusual cold spell. Following are a number of concerns and recommendations:
- Our animals, especially indoor/outdoor pets, probably do not have an adequate winter coat for protection in these very low temperatures.
- Hypothermia and dehydration are the two most probable life-threatening conditions for animals in cold weather.
- Wet conditions and wind-chill add greatly to the cold-stress for animals (and people).
- Pets should be brought inside or into protected covered areas, provided with plenty of bedding and food and drinking water.
- Livestock should be provided with wind-break and roof shelter, and monitored for signs of discomfort (extensive shivering, weakness, lethargy, etc.)
- It is very important that livestock be provided extra hay/forage/feed as up to double the calories for normal body heat maintenance may be needed in extreme cold.
- It is critical that animals have access to drinking water. Usual water sources may freeze solid in low temperatures and dehydration becomes a life-threatening factor. Many of our animals, especially the young, may not know how or be unable to break several inches of ice to reach water. In general, animals tend to drink less in extreme cold, risking dehydration. Research with horses shows horses drink more water if it is warmed during winter weather.
- Adding a warm sloppy bran mash, sloppy moistened beet pulp or soaking pelleted feed in warm water is a good way to add water to your horses’ diet and provide some “comfort food” in the cold weather.
- Special attention should be paid to very young and old animals. They may be less able to tolerate temperature extremes and have weaker immune systems.
Many professionals and organizations are available to assist you in recommendations and health care for your animals:
Pet owners should check with their veterinarian, animal control or humane societies for additional tips and assistance.
Horse and livestock owners should check with their veterinarian, the State Veterinarian, SC Dept. of Agriculture or their County Agriculture Extension Agent for additional information and assistance.
Please take the extra care to provide for your pets and livestock a cold period.