The cold is coming and it looks to stay

NOW: The cold is coming and it looks to stay

The dark blue means that we have a 70 to 80% shot of holding onto the below average temps through the 17th.

As the cold air moves in this week, we'll see highs fall hard into the low 30s and upper 20s with lake effect snow chances, especially late in the week. But, the big question is: how long will the bitter cold last? 

According to the Climate Prediction Center, for December 11th through the 17th, we have a 70 to 80% chance of continuing to see the below average temps. That means the low 30s/upper 20s look to continue through the next two weeks, and morning lows could easily drop into the mid to upper teens! So, how can you protect your property, especially your car, from the bitter morning cold?

You want to make sure that you fill up all of your car fluids, including windshield wiper fluid, coolant/antifreeze, and replace your engine oil if you need. Your tires can also be affected by the bitter temperatures so it's important to make sure you have the right tire pressure. It can change between different types of vehicles. Lastly, it's a good idea to keep gas tank half full at the least, to prevent fuel line freezing.

Besides these tips, be sure you're not idling to warm up your car in the morning. Driving the car helps it warm up more than letting it sit.

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