Don't let the slight warm up Saturday fool you because the bitter cold is coming.
Preventative maintenance throughout the year is the key, but there is still time to prepare for the frigid temperatures.
Make sure you dress in layers, have an emergency kit in your car with extra blankets and also look out for pets or animals.
Even though the cold is on the way, it's not too late to protect yourself, your home and your car.
Business keeps coming in at Edward J. White, Inc. in South Bend. They repair heating systems and plumbing among other things.
The vice president says furnaces and boilers should be checked and cleaned by a trained technician.
A service call runs about $150, but if the furnace breaks, it could cost you more than $500.
If you are worried about pipes freezing, run warm water two to three times every hour. Let faucets drip overnight or when you are away. Also, open the cupboards to let warm air circulate around the pipes.
J.C. German says, "Hopefully you know your home well enough to know that you may have some cold spots or where some pipes exposed to exterior walls you want to make sure you keep heat on them and check them periodically. Don't just assume everything is going to just be alright."
Using towels or socks to block openings around doors and windows and shutting curtains or drapes are some steps you can take to keep your home more comfortable.
Electric blankets can be dangerous, so instead, fill one or two bottles with hot water and then put those bottles in the sheets about 30 minutes before you go to sleep and then when it's time to go to bed the sheets will be nice and warm.
As for your vehicle, make sure your coolant and windshield washer fluids work up to a certain number of degrees below zero.
Check tires as cold air can cause a change in tire pressure and get your battery checked.
Steven Woolley is the owner of Precision Transmission in South Bend who says, "Just today alone we've had four cars towed in for no starts so this cold weather really does. most batteries last about four to five years then you start having some issues with it."