Break out your ice scrapers and start wrapping your pipes. Freezing temperatures are moving into Kern County for the next several nights, National Weather Service officials announced Monday.

Cold air will slide into the area this week, and when combined with clear skies, will allow temperatures to drop below freezing overnight through Thursday morning, NWS officials said in a news release.

Tuesday morning will be the coldest, with temperatures dipping into the upper-20s across the San Joaquin Valley and Kern County desert.

Those temperatures will slowly warm up through the week, but freezing temperatures are expected to last through the end of the week.

NWS officials are warning that the temperatures could damage exposed pipes and kill plants that are sensitive to cold. They also ask that elderly and animals be checked on and have warm shelter.

Harold Pierce covers education and health for The Californian. He can be reached at 661-395-7404. Follow him on Twitter @RoldyPierce