Some of the coldest temperatures in the past ten years; up to 25 and 35 degrees below zero, are in the forecast for the next few days, especially in lower valleys such as the Bridgeport Valley, Crowley Lake and, the high backcountry of the Sierra.
The cold will arrive Sunday night and persist into Wednesday before moderating mid-week. Another cold front could arrive later in the week.
This is the kind of cold that can kill people and pets if not fully protected and the Mono County Office of Emergency Management encourages residents and visitors to prepare for the upcoming cold front.
Here are some ways to do that:
Limit being outdoors but if if you must venture outdoors:
Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing
Wear a hat
Stay dry and out of the wind
Cover your mouth and nose
Wear mittens or gloves
Protect your water pipes:
Let hot and cold water trickle or drip at night from a faucet
Open cabinet doors to allow more heat to get to uninsulated pipes under a sink or near an outer wall
Make sure the heat is left on and set no lower than 55 degrees
Take care of your vehicle:
Check fluids (coolant, wiper fluid, oil, etc.)
Check tire pressure
Carry jumper cables
Pack a blanket; a warm fleece or wool blanket (not cotton), or preferably, a good quality sleeping bag, one for each person in your car.