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Tips For Winter Weather Conditions

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) -

West Texas is expecting freezing temperatures this weekend, a cold front made its way into the area and temperatures continue to drop.

During these weather conditions it is recommended to pay close attention to pets, plants, and people who might not have a place to stay warm. 

Public Information Officer, Sara Bustilloz tells NewsWest 9, "Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside. Longer-haired and thick-coated dog breeds, such as huskies and other dogs bred for colder climates, are more tolerant of cold weather; but no pet should be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing weather. Space heaters and heat lamps should absolutely be avoided because of the risk of burns or fire. Heated pet mats should also be used with caution because they are still capable of causing burns. We had multiple fires last year caused by space heaters, most of which were set up for pets. Space heaters should not be placed anywhere near combustible material, including dog houses."

If you have plants you grow year-round don't let them die in this freezing temperature.

Co-Owner of La Casa Verde Nursery, Mark Crisp, "If it's newly planted things that are tender you want to cover them with something like a sheet, plastic, or we carry a frost blanket that will protect them from the cold."

Many people aren't fortunate enough to have a home to stay warm and that's where Church Under The Bridge comes in.

"Anytime that the temperature drops below 32 we have a team that goes out and located the camp and tries to locate them throughout the city to give them survival gear. We give them zero degree sleeping bags, coats, blankets, hand warmers, things like that. A lot of them might not have an ID to get into a shelter and for those folks, we want to make sure that they wake up the next morning alive, not frozen to death because it has happened before," said Founder and President of The Church Under The Bridge. 

To help the church under the bridge or report someone who needs help contact them through their Facebook page. 

According to the National Weather Service the winter storm watch is in effect through Saturday morning.

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