As you get ready to head out the door, be warned. We're seeing the coldest overnight temperatures in nearly two years.
And after a mild winter last year, it's a good time to remind you of some problems the cold could present today.
Automakers used to be critical to start a car 7-10 minutes before actually driving in cold weather. But that is no longer the case. The general consensus is to allow about 30 seconds to get everything up and running, even for cars parked outside. Defrosting the windshield is a must, of course, before you drive off.
Some pets thrive on being out in the cold weather and, as a rule, pets will let you know whether they want to be out for long periods of time.
If you do have a dog that spends a lot of time outside, you might want to invest in a heated water bowl and always provide a means of shelter from wind. As for pet coats, Dr. Greg Magnusson of Leo's Pet Care says, "For the most part, pet clothing is completely unnecessary." Most breeds are fine outside, especially for short periods of time.
Starting tomorrow, some students will be headed back to school, with many more heading back on Monday.
The forecast calls for continued extreme cold, so keep in mind that many sidewalks haven't been shoveled and there's black ice, so kids need to be careful on their walk to the bus stop.