PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale is asking businesses and residents to turn off their sprinklers during the current cold weather snap as overspray from lawn watering is turning to ice and creating unsafe conditions.
“During this very cold weather we’re experiencing, we’re seeing many areas where overspray is hitting sidewalks and streets and freezing up,” stated Palmdale’s Superintendent of Maintenance Tony Colombo. “This is creating unsafe conditions for drivers and pedestrians. By turning off your sprinklers or setting them to water later in the day, it will stop this from happening.”
National Weather Service forecasters attributed this week’s early-morning cold weather to a dry air mass and stressed that animals and sensitive vegetation must be brought indoors in such conditions.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health warned that some people are particularly vulnerable in cold weather and issued a cold weather alert through Friday.
“Children, the elderly and people with disabilities or special medical needs [are] especially vulnerable during such cold snaps,” said Los Angeles County’s interim health officer, Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser. “Extra precaution should be taken to ensure they don’t get too cold when they are outside.”
Gunzenhauser warned against the use of stoves, barbecues or ovens to heat homes “due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.”
The NWS forecast highs in the mid 40s to around 50 today [12/30] in the Antelope Valley.
For a detailed forecast for the Antelope Valley, visit the NWS website here.