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SWGA sees a drop in temperature, keep plants and crops covered

The temperature drop could impact plants and crops. (Source: WALB) The temperature drop could impact plants and crops. (Source: WALB)
While the chilly temperatures are catching some people off guard, others said that they were prepared for the drop in temperature. (Source: WALB) While the chilly temperatures are catching some people off guard, others said that they were prepared for the drop in temperature. (Source: WALB)
Cody Bolton (Source: WALB) Cody Bolton (Source: WALB)
Owner of Mark's Melon Patch Mark Daniel (Source: WALB) Owner of Mark's Melon Patch Mark Daniel (Source: WALB)
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Last week, Southwest Georgia witnessed plenty of pollen, but residents woke up to a very different situation Monday morning.

Some cold, wet conditions washed away most of the pollen the area has been seeing.

While the chilly temperatures are catching some people off guard, others said that they were prepared for the drop in temperature.

"To be honest I got firewood stacked up outside about three feet high that I didn't think I was gonna get to use. I was tryna figure out where to put it, but I think I'm gonna get to use it this week," said resident Cody Bolton.

Folks at Mark's Melon Patch said that the cold weather is also taking a toll on some crops.

Right now, strawberries are ripening much quicker than usual. 

As the temperatures drop, farmers are keeping their crops warm by covering them up.

Mark Daniel, owner of Mark's Melon Patch, said that it's a helpful technique, even for homeowners that have plants outside.

"Anything you can do to keep the frost, especially off the plants is good, and that's what the real cover is gonna do for us. It's gonna give it about five or six degrees," Daniel explained. "Gonna make it five or six degrees warmer and keep the frost totally off of them. So as far as house plants, I'd bring them inside if I possibly could. If you can't bring them inside, then definitely cover them with anything."

Farmers said they haven't experienced cold weather like this since about eight years ago, but many are not worried about what to expect.

The area is suppose to see even more cold weather later this week, so make sure to stay warm. 

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