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Arctic blast issues freeze warning

Lee County EMS and Public Safety Director Bobby Watkins Lee County EMS and Public Safety Director Bobby Watkins
Brian Wright Manager Marks Green Houses. Brian Wright Manager Marks Green Houses.
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

It finally feels like winter has arrived.

A freeze warning is in effect for some of our northwest counties with sub-freezing temperatures likely between 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. Friday morning.

Lee County EMS and Public Safety Director Bobby Watkins says it's important to make sure you have a way to keep warm.

"The elderly is our main concern anytime the temp gets too hot or too cold," said Watkins.

To make sure they're ready to handle any cold weather-related calls, Lee County EMS are putting extra blankets in their ambulances.

"[They] put their ambulances in a heated bay and we are fortunate to have that at all of our stations to maintain a more heated or a more controlled environment for those [medical] fluids because you don't want those things to get cold and have to try and put them inside a patient," he said.

The freezing temperatures can also damage vegetation. If you are worried about some of your plants and don't have a green house there are some ways you can still keep them alive.

"You can prolong it with some winter protection as far as a frost blanket to drape over the plants, but other than that, maybe some heat lamps," said Brian Wright, who is a manager at Marks Green Houses.

Experts don't think the freeze event will cause catastrophic damage to most plants.

"Not so much, anything that has new growth on it, but as far as detrimental to the entire plant, not so much," said Wright.

It is best to be over-prepared than caught shorthanded.

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