When we think of Arizona, those of us in cold weather states do not think of the state experiencing any kind of cold weather, let alone a freeze watch. Mid December actually brought cold weather to several parts of the state including the Phoenix and Tucson areas. These areas were issued a freeze watch, meaning that weather conditions were possible for a freeze. Due to colder temperatures, the watch actually changed to a warning, meaning that freezing conditions were highly likely. This freeze warning covered a majority of southwest and south central Arizona, including the valley area.


National Weather Service explains the difference

Jessica Nolte, who is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix, was able to explain the difference between and watch and a warning. The watch gives people some warning that freezing temperatures are a possibility. This way, residents in the areas could prepare their homes for the cold weather. Plants outside might need to be covered, outdoor pets need to come inside, and an indoor fireplace might need a good warm fire. Temperatures are monitored throughout the day and into the night to allow meteorologists to make residents aware of a freeze warning. Temperatures ended up between 24 and 34 degrees in different parts of Arizona. Tucson is one of the areas where widespread temperatures dropped to 28 degrees and below, for several hours. This type of cold is known as a hard-freeze.


Hard- freeze can lead to bursting pipes

Freeze and hard-freeze advisories are not usually issued for higher elevated areas, since below- freezing temperature are a common occurrence in the month of December. However, because the Tucson area was hit with temperatures in the 20's for the first time this winter season, plumbers in the area were prepared for multiple calls of pipes bursting in area homes. Marilou Lopez is a property manager of several Tucson metro properties. After the hard-freeze a few weeks ago, she was prepared to deal with bursting pipes in some of the properties that she manages. She has seen pipes burst before, when it rains or freezes. During this hard- freeze one property saw a burst of more than one hundred gallons of water, drained onto the roof and into the backyard. The culprit was a copper line, which led to an evaporative cooler. With this line being full of water, the cooper could not stand the freezing water, and burst. Luckily the Silverado Rooter and Plumbing company was able to fix the problem, but it is an issue that these plumbers deal with far too often, and can be avoided.


Advice from plumbers to avoid bursting pipes

If your pipes burst, you can end up spending hundreds of dollars to get them fixed. Professional plumbers say it is a good idea to insulate your pipes or drain them out, which only costs upwards of $50. This might not be the only hard- freeze the Tucson area will see this year. Make sure you take the time to keep your pipes protected.