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Winter is coming

The National Weather Service is forecasting The T&D Region will be cold the next couple of days, but will warm up in time for the weekend.

The coldest air of the season will hit The T&D Region this week but it won't last long.

The National Weather Service is forecasting low temperatures around 30 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday morning due to a cold front which pushed through the area Monday afternoon.

A secondary dry front is expected to reinforce the cold air Tuesday through Wednesday night.

High temperatures Tuesday through Thursday will be in the upper 40s to the middle 50s with Wednesday's high forecast at 49 degrees.

The normal high temperature for Orangeburg this time of year is 65 with a low of 42.

The record low recorded at Orangeburg Municipal Airport in late November has reached into the upper teens.

There are ways to keep warm during the cold nights.

The American Red Cross suggests individuals layer up and bring pets indoors.

If you are using a space heater, it should be placed on a level, hard surface and kept away from anything flammable. A distance of at least three feet is suggested. Flammable items can include such things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.

Space heaters should be turned off and fireplace embers should be out before going to bed. Stoves should not be used to heat a house.

The Red Cross also notes that generators need to be used outdoors. Generators should not be hooked up to the home's wiring, according to the Red Cross.

The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.

Temperatures are forecast to warm up for this coming weekend with highs in the upper 60s on Saturday and in the lower 70s for Sunday. Lows will also warm up into the 40s and 50s.

The Orangeburg County Christmas parade is scheduled for Saturday afternoon. The National Weather Service forecast for Saturday is calling for a 60 percent chance of showers with a high of 67.

The parade, which begins at 4:30 p.m. on Russell Street, will be held rain or shine.

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Staff Writer

Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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