Frigid air from Canada is forecast to cover South Sound by the end of the weekend, but it’s not expected to bring much snow.
“The chance for a little snow for Olympia starts Saturday night” and continues through Tuesday, Johnny Burg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle, said Friday.
Snow flurries and light accumulations are possible in the Thurston County lowlands. The forecast calls for less than half an inch Sunday, Sunday night and Monday. But each day will bring lower temperatures.
Today’s high is forecast to be 42 degrees; Tuesday’s high is expected to be 33. Tonight’s low is expected to be 30 degrees. Temperatures are forecast to drop 11 degrees more by Monday night.
Whatever happens, road crews are on call.
“With really light snow, snow removal doesn’t make the roads more passable,” said Kathy Estes, Thurston County emergency manager.
However, she said, crews are poised to pretreat roads to prevent icing and will be available if snow is unexpectedly heavy.
It’s the cold that is most likely to cause problems.
Dave Leonards, a licensed plumber for 35 years, has worked at The Home Depot in Tumwater for four years. Leonards said Friday that some customers were buying insulation for ceilings, floors, pipes and faucets.
“If people would spend about $25, they would save their plumbing system,” he said.
In addition to adding insulation to floors and ceilings, customers can put foam blocks into foundation vents to help hold heat under their houses. Foam wraps and cones can protect outside faucets. Heat tape, which plugs in and operates on a thermostat, can protect pipes, Leonards said.
“But, the best thing to do is to disconnect hoses and cover hose bibs,” he said.
If copper or PVC pipes do freeze and break, there are newer products that make repairs easier, Leonards said.
“They’re called ‘shark-bite’ fittings,” and the damaged section can be cut out and a new piece pushed in, he said.
There’s good news for holiday travelers, though. By Wednesday, temperatures are forecast to be above freezing.
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