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Killing freeze likely Tuesday night

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A killing freeze is expected late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning in Wilson County with the low temperature dropping to the upper 20s overnight.

A Wind Advisory, issued by the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory, remains in effect through Tuesday afternoon as a strong cold front moves across the area with gusty south winds ahead of it and gusty north winds behind it.

After showers on Monday morning, the afternoon was dry and partly sunny. More showers and thunderstorms are expected in the late afternoon and evening, however.

“Tonight, the cold front will be to our east as colder air begins to push in for our Tuesday,” said Stephen Spencer, planning division chief for Wilson County Emergency Management Agency. “Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, we can expect temperatures to drop into the upper 20s before recovering during the day on Wednesday. Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, we will be under a Freeze Watch expecting that to be upgraded to a Freeze Warning. Any outdoor plants will need to be either be brought in or covered Tuesday night.”

The hard freeze may affect Tennessee’s strawberry crop, along with other fruit-bearing trees.

A news release from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture noted that “a little frost can actually be a good thing, naturally weeding out enough blooms that the remaining blossoms can produce bigger, better fruits, but depending on how much the warm, sunny days of the past week have prompted tender shoots and buds to expose themselves to the elements, it could also spell disaster.”

The release noted that the state’s strawberry crop has been on schedule to be ready for first picking around the first of May.

This is not the first time a freeze has occurred in April. During the weekend of April 6-8, 2007, the temperature dropped to 20 degrees, severely damaging crops in Wilson County and elsewhere in the Mid-state.

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