Southern Arizona | Investigating 4 You

Let it go! How to keep the cold from bothering you anyway

TUCSON – Remember the 4 P’s!

It’s the phrase that pays during the Winter in southern Arizona. Temperatures at or below 32° can wreak havoc if you don’t take it seriously. If you’re new to the Sonoran Desert (or a long time desert dweller wanting a refresher in cold weather preps), here’s a handy list to keep Old Man Winter from doing too much damage.

CTjgq3iVAAAlvEk

THE OBVIOUS (4 P’s)

  • Check in with friends, relatives & the elderly to make sure they have a warm place to stay
  • Bring pets inside
  • Wrap exposed pipes with Styrofoam insulation or newspapers
  • Cover plants or tender vegetation with burlap or a bed sheet

THE NOT-SO-OBVIOUS

  • Set outside faucets to a slow drip
  • Use old socks to cover the tips of sensitive cacti.
  • Along with burlap or bed sheets, some people have also used Christmas lights to keep plants from freezing.
  • Shut off and drain in ground sprinkler systems, including the backflow. Then turn water off to sprinkler system.
  • Keep pools and spas running. Let pool heaters run at the lowest possible setting.
  • Cold temps can drain your tire pressure. Click here for my earlier post on why it’s important to avoid “deflategate” during the Winter.
  • Bridge decks and overpasses cool much quicker than roads. Watch for slick spots when driving.
Jeff Beamish

Jeff Beamish

Jeff Beamish is an award-winning meteorologist at KVOA. You can watch his weekday weather forecasts on Tucson Today & News 4 Tucson at Noon. He has also contributed his weather expertise to The Weather Channel, Washington Post, New York Times, AM 1030 KVOI and the Arizona Daily Star.
Scroll to top
Skip to content