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Arctic Chill Invades Southeast

UPDATED 9:30 PM EST, March 2, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman

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The Deep South and Southeast are beginning the first weekend in March on the frosty side. Old Man Winter isn`t ready to throw in the towel just yet with sub-freezing temperatures threatening sensitive vegetation and newly-planted plants as far south as the Gulf Coast.

After locales as far south as the Gulf Coast tumbled to the freezing mark on Saturday morning, clear skies tonight and calm wind will send the mercury below the freezing mark once again.

Freeze Warnings are in effect through Sunday morning across almost all of Georgia and parts of northern Florida, including the Atlanta metro area, Macon, Albany, and Valdosta, Ga., and Jacksonville, Tallahassee, and Gainesville, Fla. Take time again tonight to cover any tender outside plants and flowers with a light, breathable tarp or sheet, or if possible, bring them inside to avoid harmful consequences from the intense cold.

Freeze Watches and Warnings are also in effect into Sunday morning from eastern Texas through southern Louisiana, and into southern Mississippi, including Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, La., and Gulfport, Miss. Once again, temperatures this low means that sensitive or newly-budded plants may be damaged or killed.

The Arctic chill will begin to relinquish its grip on the Deep South by early Monday. Instead of frosty lower 30s, temperatures will dip into the middle 30s to lower 40s.

Atlanta`s average low is around 40 degrees, while New Orleans typically sees low temperatures well-above freezing at 50 degrees in early March.

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