PORTSMOUTH - It's a very cold morning in Hampton Roads.

13News Meteorologist Craig Moeller says it'll stay cold for the next couple of days.

'They'll be the coldest we have seen in at least a year and some 15 degrees colder than we usually experience in mid January,' he said.

There is the possibility of flurries as a storm comes over the mountains from Canada. So, bundle up. Wear a hat and gloves along with that winter coat.

Remember that your pets need protection from the frigid weather. The ASPCA stresses many dogs, especially short-haired breeds, will need a coat,just like people, to keep them warm when they go outside.

The group also says it's dangerous to leave your dog or cat alone in the car. They say vehicles act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold.

If your dog has to be outside, make sure it has shelter from the wind and cold. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has free straw in its parking lot in Norfolk. It's available one bag per dog.

It's best to bring your pet inside if at all possible, PETA spokeswoman Daphna Nachminovitch stated.

PETA's office is at 501 Front Street.

The warmest it's forecast to reach is the mid-30s and then drop back into the teens at night.

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