Frozen dog toy that none of us want to play with right now.
It has been a while since we have seen temps like this. Are you sure of your water pipe insulation? I thought I had taken care of the pipe crossing our stream, but that was when the forecasts was for low teens.
Yesterday it was going to be 9 degrees and now 4! I am rethinking that insulation now. If you have any questions at all, maybe it will help to run your water at night to keep it moving. During the day we probably use it enough but nighttime can mean 8-10 hours without movement. Plenty of time to freeze in 4 degree temps.
Our outdoor pets also need extra protection. I am told that with food, water and a dry, draft-free space, they can do fine. This is assuming that they have been acclimated to the cold all year. If they are usually an indoor pet, I would get them out and back in as soon as they have done their business.
Luckily, it looks to be only a two day hard freeze, but that is still pretty long if you are not prepared.
The good side to this may be a lessening of biting insects next year. They were probably in semi-dormancy two days ago with the warm weather, so may not be as prepared for such a cold snap. Here's hoping.