The National Weather Service says that hard freeze that greeted us New Year’s Day is going to linger into Friday morning. Phoenix Meteorologist Mark O’Malley says, in fact, don’t be surprised if you’re waking up to even colder temperatures than you did the night before.

On Thursday, central desert temperatures struggled to make it to 50 degrees as the remnants of an icy winter storm left behind a mass of cold air, which will eventually move eastward.

O’Malley says, make it a point to bring your pets inside, and bundle those plants and outdoor pipes. O’Malley says, now that things are clearing out from Wednesday’s storm, temperatures are expected to heat up to the 70-degree mark next week.

–Barbara Villa