Let it go! How to keep the cold from bothering you anyway

Remember the 4 P’s!

It’s the phrase that pays during the Winter in southern Arizona. Temperatures at or below 32° can wreak havoc if you don’t take it seriously. If you’re new to the Sonoran Desert (or a long time desert dweller wanting a refresher in cold weather preps), here’s a handy list to keep Old Man Winter from doing too much damage.

Am I missing something from the list? Kindly make a mention in the comments & I’ll add it!



  • Check in with friends, relatives & the elderly to make sure they have a warm place to stay
  • Bring pets inside
  • Wrap exposed pipes with Styrofoam insulation or newspapers
  • Cover plants or tender vegetation with burlap or a bed sheet


  • Set outside faucets to a slow drip
  • Use old socks to cover the tips of sensitive cacti.
  • Along with burlap or bed sheets, some people have also used Christmas lights to keep plants from freezing.
  • Shut off and drain in ground sprinkler systems, including the backflow. Then turn water off to sprinkler system.
  • Keep pools and spas running. Let pool heaters run at the lowest possible setting.
  • Cold temps can drain your tire pressure. Click here for my earlier blog post on why it’s important to avoid “deflategate” during the Winter.
  • Bridge decks and overpasses cool much quicker than roads. Watch for slick spots when driving.

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