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Heaters are kick on and fire places are lit as freezing temperatures roll into Amarillo. But some people use unconventional ways to heat their home, and they are asking for trouble.
Jacob Ohlert with the Amarillo Fire Department said a lot of people will use their oven or stove tops as a heating system.
"Any kind of cooking appliance or anything that's not designated to heat a home, or for inside use, then we don't want it inside," said Oehlert. "We don't want it heating your home inside. Because ultimately those are the things that give us the biggest worry and in the long run those are the one's that are going to cause the most problems."
Oehlert said another danger that accompanies using your stove or oven to heat is a build up of carbon monoxide poisoning.
He says that's also a factor when using patio heaters inside the home.
Winter is paying another early visit to the Panhandle with the forecast calling for snow Thursday and Friday.
Krissy Scotten, with the National Weather Service in Amarillo, says give yourself plenty of time to get where you're going.
"As we saw with this last wintery event it just took a little bit of freezing drizzle to cause quite a few accidents. So, we really really stress, please...slow...down."
A winter weather advisory is currently in effect until 9:00am Friday morning.
The Special Crimes Unit is investigating after Amarillo's latest homicide.
Officers were sent to a home in the 800-block of Mississippi just after 6:30am Wednesday morning on a possible stabbing, where they found two men inside the residence.
One man was lying on the floor, and the other was detained for questioning.
53 year old, Eddie Don Turlington was pronounced dead and an autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday in Lubbock.
Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call the Special Crimes Unit at 378-9468.
Due to the below freezing temperatures and snow expected with the incoming weather, the Center City Electric Light Parade, scheduled for Friday night, has been cancelled.
The event was cancelled instead of postponed because of other events scheduled throughout the month and availability of necessary facilities.
The high temperature Friday is forecast to be 19 degrees with a low of 8 and wind chills below zero possible.