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Weather outside to remain frightful, but no snow forecast

Temperatures in Tucson will stay low for at least the next seven days according to the National Weather Service, which has issued a hard freeze warning for Southern Arizona.

A hard freeze is expected on both Wednesday and Thursday nights for most of Pima County and southern Pinal County. Freezing weather is also expected overnight Tuesday.

Near record lows are possible Thursday and Friday mornings, the Weather Service said.

Nighttime temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid '20s. Low temperatures Wednesday morning will range from 25-32 degrees, with Thursday and Friday morning's cold dipping as low as the middle teens.

The winds are also expected to stick around until later in the week. Wind speeds will remain at about 15 or 20 mph until Thursday morning when they will slow to between 10 and 15 mph, according to a seven day forecast.

A hard freeze means temperatures below 28 degrees for several hours, the Weather Service said.

Homeowners should wrap or drain outdoor water pipes to prevent bursting, and cover sensitive plants to protect them from the cold, the Weather Service said.

While the cold weather won't bring any storms, as clear skies and sun are expected, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona has released a warning to pet owners regarding the cold. 

Pets left outside in temperatures below freezing can become victims of hypothermia and frostbite, according a press release from the Humane Society. Pet owners are asked to keep their animals warm and dry and also away from toxic antifreeze and ice-melt products which can kill animals. 

Small animals often seek shelter from the cold by climbing into car engines and the Humane Society suggests tapping on the hood before starting a car.

City road crews are spraying bridges to keep ice from forming, spokesman Michael Graham said.

"During Operation Freeze, City crews place 'Wet Road Ahead' signs at bridge entrances and spray magnesium chloride on the bridge decks. Magnesium chloride lowers the freezing temperature of water and prevents ice from bonding on a roadway," he said.

While the city will monitor about 70 bridges for ice, motorists should be cautious when the possibility of ice exists, and watchout for work crews, he said.

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