Dear Friends,The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory and Wind Chill Advisory in effect for Ocean City on Wednesday and Thursday.Southwest winds gusting as high as 50 mph are expected through 10 p.m. Wednesday. The Wind Chill Advisory is for 7 p.m. Wednesday through 10 a.m. Thursday.The forecast calls for wind chill values as low as 12 degrees below zero. Thursday’s high temperature in Ocean City is not expected to rise above the teens.Extreme cold is expected to continue into Friday and Friday night. There’s a great risk of frozen pipes. Thermostat settings in unoccupied homes should be above 65 degrees.Some other advice for protecting against frozen pipes includes:• Let heat reach pipes: Open cabinet doors or find other ways to vent heat toward pipes, particularly the ones that run along exterior walls.• Leave water running: For pipes that run along exterior walls leave water running. Even a stream the width of a pencil point can help prevent pipes from freezing solid.• Seal crawlspaces: Close access doors tight to the area underneath homes. Temporarily insulate flood vents to keep air and wind from entering.Please check on neighbors and neighboring properties during the cold weather this weekend. And please, for their own safety and well-being, remember to bring pets inside.Here are emergency contact numbers for local utility companies:• Atlantic City Electric: 800-833-7476• South Jersey Gas: 888-766-9900• Comcast Cable: 800-COMCAST (800-266-2278)• New Jersey American Water: 800-272-1325For Police and Fire Department emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call police at 609-399-9111 or City Hall at 609-399-6111.I will update you again if there are any further NWS notifications. In the meantime, you can check for updates at http://www.ocnj.us. We will continue to use our emergency notification systems if necessary.Warm regards, Mayor Jay A. Gillian Forecasters are predicting cold blasts and wind gusts up to 50 mph, reminiscent of this March 2018 nor’easter.