HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The temperatures are expected to dip into the mid 20s later this week, and that means we could be under a hard freeze warning as we enter the weekend.
A hard freeze is defined as temperatures that are "sufficiently cold." These temperatures have the chance to harm people and animals. They can also kill some plants and cause pipes to burst.
Hawke Lott the manager of Lowes in Hattiesburg said getting the exterior of your home ready is the most important thing when preparing for freezing cold weather.
This can include covering those exterior pipes so they stay protected throughout the night.
"If your pipes were to burst, you could have water damage on the outside of your house, or you could have pipes burst and flood your homes," Lott said.
Some plants can be effected by the cold weather as well. The poinsettia is a holiday favorite, but in the event of a hard freeze, they should be brought inside.
"Even if you cover them up, some of those plants may not make it," Lott said.
It is also important to take care of your pets.
"You want to protect those pets, because they're like family," Lott said.