Topeka Kansans who fall behind on electric and natural gas bills are about to lose some protection against shutoffs.
Friday is the last effective day for the state's annual Cold Weather Rule.
The rule is in effect every year from November through the following March. It prevents utilities regulated by the state from cutting off electric or gas service whenever temperatures are expected to drop below 35 degrees within the next 24 hours.
Disconnections may resume only if the temperature is forecast to top 35 degrees for the next 48 hours.
The rule also requires utilities to offer customers a 12-month plan to pay outstanding bills.