Strong Winds, Freezing Temperatures In Chattanooga Forecast; Growers Advised To Take Precautions With Young Crops

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A cold front with strong winds was moving into the Chattanooga area today and was set to bring freezing temperatures overnight.

Area growers were advised to take precautions with their young crops.

Temperatures were expected to drop into the 20s.

Here is the freeze warning:

...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT /7 AM CDT/ THIS MORNING TO 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/ THIS EVENING... ...FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM EDT /9 PM CDT/ THIS EVENING TO 10 AM EDT /9 AM CDT/ WEDNESDAY.

.. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MORRISTOWN HAS ISSUED A FREEZE WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM EDT /9 PM CDT/ THIS EVENING TO 10 AM EDT /9 AM CDT/ WEDNESDAY. A WIND ADVISORY HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT /7 AM CDT/ THIS MORNING TO 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/ THIS EVENING. * EVENT...STRONG WINDS BEHIND A COLD FRONT WILL PUSH INTO THE REGION...WITH WINDS 15 TO 25 MPH AND GUSTY. A WIDESPREAD HARD FREEZE...WITH LOW TEMPERATURES DROPPING INTO THE 20S AND LOW 30S OVER MUCH OF THE REGION. A WIDESPREAD FROST IS ALSO LIKELY. * TIMING...THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL BE THIS AFTERNOON...AND THE FREEZING TEMPERATURES WILL BE LATE TONIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING. * IMPACTS...AREA FRUIT TREES ARE BLOOMING...MAKING THEM HIGHLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO FREEZE DAMAGE. ADDITIONAL SPRING TIME FRUIT AND VEGETABLE CROPS...SUCH AS STRAWBERRIES...ONIONS AND SPINACH ARE ALSO EXTREMELY VULNERABLE TO THESE SUBFREEZING CONDITIONS. AREA GROWERS WILL NEED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS TO PREVENT DAMAGE TO THEIR CROPS. ADDITIONALLY...A WIDESPREAD FROST COULD DAMAGE OR KILL ANY FLOWERING PLANTS OR OTHER TENDER VEGETATION...IF THEY ARE NOT COVERED OR TAKEN INDOORS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES... SO USE CAUTION WHEN DRIVING.


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