PINE BELT (WDAM) - After a week of warmer temperatures and rain, a big change in the weather is coming to the Pine Belt. A strong late-winter cold front will shove colder-than-average air into the area next week with overnight lows possibly falling below freezing.
Right now, data shows that the cold front will move through the area on Sunday bringing a chance for rain, thunderstorms and the potential for a few severe storms too. Temperatures will fall quickly behind the front from the 60s and 70s on Sunday to just the 50s on Monday.
Then Monday night, Tuesday night and Wednesday night may feature temperatures falling back to near or below freezing. That means all of the plants that have started growing and sprouting again will be susceptible to damage from the colder temperatures. If temperature dip below 34 the area could see a frost and if temperatures dip below 32 parts of the area could experience a freeze.
"Frost injures plants by causing ice crystals to form in plant cells," Scientists at the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources report. "This makes water unavailable to plant tissues and disrupts the movement of fluids. Frost-damaged leaves appear water-soaked, shrivel and turn dark brown or black."
The forecast currently shows temperatures around freezing for Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. So plan ahead and make sure to protect your plants on Monday and Tuesday night.
The First Alert Weather Team will continue to track the colder air and the potential for a frost or freeze. And if any watches, warnings or advisories are issued, the team will be the first to give you the heads up on the WDAM First Alert Weather App.