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STORMTRACK 3: First freeze of the season tonight for some

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Many in Southeastern North Carolina will see their first freeze of the season tonight. Temperatures will quickly plummet into the 30's, making for the coldest night since early April. 

The National Weather Service has issued the following products:

  • Frost Advisory for New Hanover & Brunswick Counties, except for the immediate coast. This means temperatures will fall into the mid 30's overnight, and a plant damaging frost is possible. The most rural, outlying areas have the best chance at seeing frost. 
  • Freeze Watch for Bladen, Columbis & Pender County west of Hwy. 17. Temperatures will fall into the low 30's and may even dip just below freezing in these areas. A plant damaging freeze is likely

If you're looking to protect sensitive plants there are some steps you can take. 

  • Water them during the warmest part of the day. This will slow the plant from cooling down overnight. 
  • Mulch the base of the plant heavily just before watering. This adds extra insolation. 
  • Cover the plants with fabric, not plastic. Covering the plants around sunset keeps the most heat inside. Always remember to uncover your plants first thing the next morning. 
  • Of course, potted plants can easily be brought inside.

Things will start to warm by the end of the weekend, with highs in the 70's likely for Halloween. 

– Meteorologist Tim Buckley




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