A freeze warning was issued for Cobb County and other parts of the region on Sunday, March 19, and the National Weather Service expects the freezing overnight temperatures to last through at least Tuesday morning.
What is in the statement?
The statement gives the following details:
This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of North and Central Georgia.
A Freeze Warning has been issued for north Georgia and
portions of central Georgia for late tonight through Sunday
morning. Temperatures are expected to reach into the mid 20s
through north GA, and near or just below freezing in the warning
area of central GA. Take any necessary cautions for sensitive
vegetation and exposed pipes.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Sunday through Friday…
A Freeze Warning will remain in effect for north Georgia and
portions of central Georgia until 11 AM EDT on Monday morning.
What counties are affected?
The following counties are included in the hazardous weather outlook:
Baldwin, Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Bleckley, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattahoochee, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Crawford, Crisp, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Dodge, Dooly, Douglas, Emanuel, Fannin, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Glascock, Gordon, Greene, Gwinnett, Hall, Hancock, Haralson, Harris, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, Laurens, Lumpkin, Macon, Madison, Marion, Meriwether, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Murray, Muscogee, Newton, North Fulton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Pulaski, Putnam, Rockdale, Schley, South Fulton, Spalding, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taliaferro, Taylor, Telfair, Toombs, Towns, Treutlen, Troup, Twiggs, Union, Upson, Walker, Walton, Warren, Washington, Webster, Wheeler, White, Whitfield, Wilcox, Wilkes, Wilkinson
What is the difference between a freeze watch and a freeze warning?
In its Warnings Defined page, the National Weather Service describes freeze watch and freeze warning as follows:
A Freeze Watch is issued when there is a potential for significant, widespread freezing temperatures within the next 24-36 hours.
A Freeze Watch is issued in the autumn until the end of the growing season (marked by the occurrence of first widespread freeze). The normal end of the growing season is mid to late October west of the Blue Ridge and early November east of the Blue Ridge. However, during anomalously warm autumns, the growing season may be extended past the normal end of the growing season.
A Freeze Watch is issued in the spring at the start of the growing season (when it is late enough to cause damage to new plants and crops).
A Freeze Warning is issued when significant, widespread freezing temperatures are expected.
A Freeze Warning is issued in the autumn until the end of the growing season (marked by the occurrence of first widespread freeze). The normal end of the growing season is mid to late October west of the Blue Ridge and early November east of the Blue Ridge. However, during anomalously warm autumns, the growing season may be extended past the normal end of the growing season.
A Freeze Warning is issued in the spring at the start of the growing season (when it is late enough to cause damage to new plants and crops).
So a freeze watch is when there is a potential for freezing weather, a freeze warning is when it’s actually expected.
What precautions are recommended?
The National Weather Service recommends the following precautions for a freeze watch:
“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.”
About the National Weather Service
The National Weather Service (NWS) is a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The NWS describes its role as follows:
“The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, water, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy.
“These services include Forecasts and Observations, Warnings, Impact-based Decision Support Services, and Education in an effort to build a Weather-Ready Nation. The ultimate goal is to have a society that is prepared for and responds to weather, water and climate events.”