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Samantha Hayes reporting Nothing makes you more thankful for modern electricity than a severe cold front. Monday's high temperature in Salt Lake City was just 27 degrees!
And Monday night it was forecast to get down into the single digits.
The University of Utah's Orthopedic Surgery Center is under construction. The cement roller won't move until the temperature inside the frame is about 40 degrees.
Dan Noyse/ Construction Foreman: "If we don't keep it from freezing we can't keep working."
A lot of stuff stops working when it gets this cold.
Erica Pacal/ Park City resident: "Two nights ago, we lost power in a row because the transformer caught on fire."
This is Bill Boynton's 10th winter in Salt Lake.
Bill Boynton/ Sugarhouse resident: "Everything is fine except my back."
The problem: shoveling snow.
With all this snow, Utahns are getting back in touch with what it's like to make it through a real winter. But as the temperatures plunge, there are a few things you need to remember.
Put emergency supplies inside your car and your home. If you have a furnace, change the filter, and make sure the exhaust vent is clear. Make sure the car is maintained for traveling. Remember to check on elderly neighbors. And bring your pets inside.
The Humane Society is reporting an increase in dogs and cats with frost-bitten paws and wind-burned noses
Cheryl Smith/ Wasatch Humane Society: "These temperatures can freeze their extremities and cause a lot of suffering."
It won't be staying this cold the entire week. Check the KSL Weather page for the forecast.