Freeze warning continues in Cobb and other parts of the region until 11 a.m.; Freeze watch resumes at 11 p.m. tonight, Tuesday March 14

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The freeze warning issued for Cobb County and other parts of the region on Tuesday, March 14 continues until 11 a.m. this morning, then at 11 p.m. this evening, a freeze watch will take effect.

In addition, a high fire danger alert was sent due to the low relative humidity expected today.

What is in the statement?

The statement gives the following details:

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of North and Central Georgia.

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.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight…

A Freeze Warning is in effect until 11 AM EDT for portions of

north and central Georgia Monday night due to sub-freezing

temperatures in the mid-20s to 30s.

A Freeze Watch is in effect tonight for the majority of north and

central Georgia due to low temperatures forecast to be at or

below freezing.

A Fire Danger Statement is in effect for portions of central and

east Georgia for this afternoon and into the evening due to low

relative humidities.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Wednesday through Monday…

A Freeze Watch is in effect until 11 AM EDT Wednesday morning for

the majority of north and central Georgia due to low temperatures

forecast to be at or below freezing. Additional frost/freeze

products may be necessary for Wednesday night into Thursday

morning.

There is an elevated risk for Fire Danger on Wednesday due to low

relative humidities in combination with dry fuels.

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?

On its Warnings Defined page, the National Weather Service describes freeze watch and freeze warning as follows:

                                                  Freeze Watch

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).

                                               Freeze Warning

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.

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.”

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