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WEATHER ADVISORY
SPECIAL AGRICULTURAL WEATHER ADVISORY

OFFICE OF THE STATE CLIMATOLOGIST

THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

ISSUED 1:45 PM 25 FEBRUARY 20002

HARD FREEZE TO IMPACT MOST OF GEORGIA - AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS, HOMEOWNERS, AND OTHERS SHOULD PREPARE.

A STRONG POLAR COLD FRONT WILL SWEEP ACROSS GEORGIA ON TUESDAY. BY WEDNESDAY MORNING, LOWS WILL RANGE FROM THE TEENS IN THE MOUNTAINS TO AROUND 30 ALONG THE COAST.

THURSDAY MORNING WILL BE COLDER WITH LOWS IN THE SINGLE DIGITS AND LOWER TEENS IN THE MOUNTAINS, IN THE MID TO UPPER TEENS IN THE PIEDMONT, LOWER TO MIDDLE 20S IN THE COASTAL PLAIN AND MIDDLE 20S ALONG THE COAST.

INDIVIDUALS WITH INTERESTS THAT WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE COLD SHOULD TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTIONS AT THIS TIME.

PEACHES ARE THE BIGGEST IMMEDIATE CONCERN. CHILL HOURS FOR THE SEASON ARE 845 AT FORT VALLEY, 880 AT BYRON, 848 AT CORDELE AND 871 AT MIDVILLE. CONTACT YOUR COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION AGENT FOR DETAILS.

ADDITIONAL WARMTH MAY BE NEEDED FOR LIVESTOCK AND PETS THAT HAVE NOT DEVELOPED NORMAL WINTER COATS.

INDOOR PETS NEED TO BE MONITORED CLOSELY FOR COLD WHEN OUTSIDE.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO ENSURE THAT ADEQUATE WATER IS AVAILABLE FOR LIVESTOCK AND PETS, SINCE ICE WILL FORM ON MANY WATER SUPPLIES.

OBSERVE ROUTINE WINTER PREPAREDNESS TO PROTECT OUTDOOR FAUCETS, EXPOSED PIPE, AND GARDEN HOSES FROM FREEZING.

USE NOAA WEATHER RADIO FOR UPDATES AND DETAILS FROM YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE.

(David Emory Stooksbury is associate professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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