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Another Cold Morning In Deep South, Carolinas

UPDATED 8 AM EDT, March 28, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier

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The late-season deep freeze will have residents bundling up in heavy winter jackets once again from the Southeast and Florida into the Carolinas this morning. Sub-freezing temperatures may damage or kill sensitive vegetation or blooming plants if left unprotected.

Cold, dry Canadian air remains deep into the South, reaching as far south as the Gulf of Mexico and Florida. This combined with a clear sky and calm wind under sprawling high pressure will bring about ideal conditions for near-freezing and sub-freezing temperatures all the way to central Florida this morning.

Widespread upper 20s are common in the eastern Tennessee Valley and northern Georgia Mountains, with metro Atlanta hovering around the freezing mark. Even cities such as Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Gainesville, and the interior and northern suburbs of Tampa, Fla., will all make a run at the freezing mark. The Carolinas will be no exception either, dropping into the lower 30s, including Charlotte and Wilmington, N.C., and Columbia, S.C.

Freeze Warnings remain in place from eastern Tennessee to eastern Mississippi, Alabama, and the northern half of Georgia, extending into the Carolinas. Frost Advisories remain in place from southern Georgia and the Florida Panhandle to along Florida`s Gulf Coast tonight.

These low temperatures will threaten or even kill sensitive vegetation or blooming plants if left exposed to the cold. Make sure to move sensitive plants indoor or cover them up with a blanket to keep them safe. Also, open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors under sinks to allow warm air into the cabinets to minimize the chance of exterior wall water pipes freezing. Turning faucets to a drip will also help prevent freezing.

Fortunately, temperatures will be on the rebound late this week as high pressure pushes off the Atlantic Seaboard. Instead of 20s and 30s, temperatures will only drop into the more seasonable 40s and 50s by Saturday morning.

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