Two consecutive days of frigid weather, including a record low, found the weather team extending preparation suggestions. Ours include protecting plants, warming up the pets and visiting the elderly. Pipe protection can be initiated for future cold snaps.

The Weather Channel provided suggestions on 20 mistakes you should avoid during winter. Some include pouring hot water on a cold windshield for deicing. This could crack your windshield.

Braking and overcorrecting when you hit a patch of ice will send your car into an out-of-control spin.

Rapidly increasing your thermostat temperature will not rapidly heat your home, it only controls the final temperature. Opening your south-facing curtains will increase sunlight and increase heat.