Lancaster County Commissioner Josh Parsons issued an advisory ahead of what’s forecast to be very cold temperatures.
“It can potentially be dangerous,” Parsons warned.
Over the next couple of days, the polar vortex is expected to drop temperatures into the single digits.
“Everyone needs to generally prepare and make sure their pipes are in good order,” Parsons told ABC27 News.
Parsons said emergency management agencies are getting ready to deal with temperatures that are not expected to make it over the freezing mark. He also said it’s a smart idea for folks to check on those who might have trouble dealing with the cold.
“If you have elderly neighbors, it’s good to check on them,” Parsons said.
Shelters are also getting ready for the potential for bone-chilling temperatures.
Jack Crowley, president of the Water Street Mission, said they’re extending their kitchen hours and keeping their day shelter open longer so no one will have to be outside.
“When it’s that cold outside, we don’t want people to be outside at all, if possible,” Crowley said.