With a single-digit forecast on the horizon, Owensboro Humane Society Manager James Robinson spent Monday preparing to bring inside about 100 dogs inside.
Robinson said area pet owners need to get their pets indoors this week, if possible, because “no amount of hay, blankets or heat lamps” can protect against the subzero wind chills that are expected.
“I’m bringing all mine inside,” Robinson said. “We are setting them up right now. We have some dogs double-kenneled to get them settled.”
In cases where people can not bring their pets indoors, Robinson recommends individuals find family members or friends who have spare space or a garage where the pets can stay for just a few days. Or just board them in a facility.
“It’s way too cold,” he said. “That’s the only thing you can do when it’s that cold. Unless you have a heated dog house, that’s the best thing to do.”
The National Weather Service predicts extremely low temperatures this week and recommends citizens take precaution and be prepared for subzero wind chills and even flooding in some areas around the Ohio River.
On Tuesday, Jan. 29, the temperature is expected to drop 20 degrees overnight, with a slight chance of snow about 7 p.m. Wednesday’s weather is predicted to be even more bitter, with a high of 10 degrees and a low of 2.
If individuals have to be or work outside, the NWS recommends bundling up. Dress in layers, cover exposed skin and limit time outside as much as possible. Also check the local forecast often, and plan your days or trips accordingly based on weather conditions.
If possible, prepare a winter survival kit for your home that includes food, water, medication, a flashlight and a first aid kit. For your vehicle, include warm clothes, a blanket and a cell phone charger in the kit.
“It will be bitterly cold at times through Wednesday night as a frigid arctic airmass spreads across the area,” the NWS reported, with the “true arctic front” arriving Tuesday.
“This cold snap will increase the likelihood of frostbite and hypothermia if precautions are not taken,” the NWS special weather statement said. “We will quickly break out of the cold, with much warmer conditions returning by the end of the week.”