Today's temperatures are extremely rare for this part of the region.

Our normally mild winters do always came with a couple of super cold days during the season, but with a wind chill factor causing the outside air to hit your face like knives, it's out of the ordinary.

So, what exactly is a polar vortex and where does it come from? Watch:

We've got you covered with five things you need to take care of during the polar vortex.

  • 1

    Bottled Water

    We MUST cover this first. It never hurts to always have a case of water in house, but it's extremely important during the polar vortex in case your pipes freeze.

    Which leads to the next point...

  • 2

    Leave Water Running!

    When temperatures drop this low, it's smart to leave your faucets dripping. Even if it's the smallest drop, you should keep them running to prevent your pipes from freezing.

  • 3

    A Back Up Heat Source

    It never hurts to have something like a kerosene heater just in case the cold temperatures knock out the power. At least you'll be able to keep one part of the house warm.

  • 4

    Candles and Flashlights

    See points from number 3.

  • 5

    Keep Your Car Full!

    This might just be subjective to me, but I always sleep better at night knowing my car has a full tank of gas, especially if we're expecting bad weather of any kind. You'll be thankful you did in case you need to make a quick getaway.

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