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Lancaster County will be in the deep freezer by Friday morning.
A cold front will pass through Thursday, allowing colder air to rush into area. Overnight on Thursday, the temperature is expected to drop to 16 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Friday night will be even colder, with a low of 11 degrees.
Highs will be in the 40s on Wednesday and Thursday, but Friday’s high will only reach 33. Saturday’s high will be 38, according to the weather service.
A warm-up of sorts begins Sunday, with highs in the mid to upper 40s, and lows in the 20s through Tuesday.
Despite the cold weather, there’s no snow in the forecast, with sunny days and mostly clear nights through Sunday.
Residents are reminded to protect exposed pipes at their homes to prevent them from bursting.
Pets should be kept indoors, but if that’s not possible, they need warm bedding, such as straw and blankets. Pet owners also need to make sure their animals’ water bowls don’t freeze over, leaving the pets unable to drink from them.
Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (803) 283-1151