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Mid-Southerners get ready for bone-chilling temperatures

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"Cold weather preparations today have mainly been on faucet covers. I mean they have been selling like hot cakes." "Cold weather preparations today have mainly been on faucet covers. I mean they have been selling like hot cakes."
Frozen pipes lead to busted pipes, which can cause structural damage and can be expensive. Frozen pipes lead to busted pipes, which can cause structural damage and can be expensive.
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(WMC-TV) – People in the Mid-South are not only preparing for snow and ice, but are also getting ready for bone-chilling temperatures.

The people our crew talked to were not as concerned about snow predictions as they were about the extreme cold, so they're taking extra precautions.

Memphian Cheryl Bass said, "Even if it don't drop a drop, it's cold. Fifteen is cold, so I'm trying to stay away from that."

Memphians are taking the cold weather predictions seriously and getting their homes ready for the extremely cold weather headed to the Mid-South.

Bass said, "I got the door stops that keep the air from coming under the door and the sealing off of the doors around."

Home Depot Assistant Store Manager David Nicholas said, "Cold weather preparations today have mainly been on faucet covers. I mean they have been selling like hot cakes."

Residents are realizing the seriousness of the impact the weather could bring and are making sure their faucets and pipes are covered.

A & V Plumbing & Construction owner, Arlander Parker, said they would do well to take the freeze warnings seriously.

"I was on a call today ice maker line already frozen night before and burst. Another call, outside spigot got so cold it blew itself off," Parker told Action News 5.

He said homeowners have already seen problems with freezing temps, but this rash of cold will make it even worse.

Dale Cox from Memphis said, "We don't want to pay the price of fixing plumbing and that sort of thing."

Frozen pipes lead to busted pipes, which can cause structural damage and can be expensive.

Parker said the cost can be "up in the upper thousands, five or ten thousand depending on how long the water is left unattended."

Nicholas said that with a "$2 faucet cover you take away that worry. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure something along those lines."

Mr. Parker says make sure your outside spigots are well-covered and insulated.

Also, leave a faucet on inside the house, because it takes cold running water longer to freeze.

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