Freeze warning for Triangle

April 8, 2009 7:07:12 AM PDT
The Heart of Carolina is being hit with some unseasonably cooler temperatures.A late season cold snap is bringing snow to the North Carolina mountains and could bring a freeze to much of the rest of the state.

"A Freeze Warning is in effect for late tonight and early Wednesday morning," ABC11 AccuWeather Meteorologist Steve Stewart said. "Be sure and protect any tender vegetation or newly planted flowers."

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JF Dunn says 42 years in the nursery business has taught him people shouldn't try to second guess Mother Nature.

"They go and they get a little jump on the weather and the weather always gets them," Dunn said.

The Dunn's Nursery owner is warning customers not to leave new and tender plants out in the cold.

"They can go out and cover their plants with a sheet or blanket of piece of plastic anything lightly covered help keep a little frost off them," Dunn said.

In the Sandhills, growers are worried. They say their crop looks good, but if the temperature goes below 30 degrees it could damage their harvest.

"We will watch it tonight probably check it every hour or two till it gets down close, we'll sit with it and turn on the water when its gets about 32," Cumberland County strawberry grower Clifton McNeil said.

Growers say they just hope the chill is not a repeat of a 2007 Easter cold snap that wiped out more than $100 million in crops and nursery plants across the state.

Forecasters say Wednesday will still be cool, but temperatures will moderate a bit into the upper 50s. By the end of the week, we're back into the 60s and low 70s.

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