Hard freeze watch issued for lower Washington County through Monday morning

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ST. GEORGE — Sub-freezing temperatures in Washington County are expected overnight Sunday through Monday morning, according to a hard freeze watch issued by the National Weather Service on Wednesday.

Shaded area indicates area under a hard freeze watch Sunday night | Image courtesy National Weather Service, St. George News

Included in the hard freeze watch is lower Washington County, specifically the cities of St. George, Hurricane, Ivins and Springdale.

Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 27 degrees Fahrenheit are possible for the outlying areas of lower Washington County from Sunday evening through Monday morning. St. George proper may see frost, according to the weather service.

Frost and freeze conditions could kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.

Precautionary/ preparedness

Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should be wrapped, drained or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above-ground pipes to protect them from freezing.

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