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Tips for cold weather plant protection

Tips for cold weather plant protection

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- When the weather report calls for freezing temperatures overnight, you do not want to be rushing outside in the dark to cover cold-sensitive plants.

According to University of Georgia experts, protect plants in containers either by placing them inside a protective structure (house, garage, greenhouse or shed) or by placing a protective covering over them.

“People put a lot of time and expense in caring for their plants,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “It is important for them to know how to protect their investments to nurture them for growth when the weather is cold.”

Container plants are especially susceptible to cold temperatures; their roots are more exposed because they are above ground. Plants with roots that are damaged by cold temperatures may not show immediate signs of damage; these plants will show signs of stress when temperatures rise and the demand for water from the roots are greater.

Fulton County senior facilities serve as warming centers

Fulton County senior facilities serve as warming centers

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Department of Aging and Youth Services’ senior facilities will serve as warming sites during operating hours to provide seniors and other citizens another alternative for keeping warm during extreme winter weather.

Fulton County has four senior multipurpose facilities that will be open from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Jan. 8 and 9.

Strong storms knock out power in metro Atlanta

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Strong storms moved through the metro Atlanta area early Sunday, knocking out power to some areas.

Most of the outages were in the Mableton area, where 1,675 residents were without power at one point after lightning reportedly struck a transmitter, but many of those outages were quickly restored.

Another large outage was near Roswell Road, where about 400 customers lost power.

Check Georgia Power's outage map: http://outagemap.georgiapower.com/external/default.html

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.

Frost Advisory for metro Atlanta overnight

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a Frost Advisory from 10 p.m., Friday until 9 a.m., Saturday.

The watch area covers most areas of north and central Georgia south of a line from Ellijay to Hiawassee, and north of a line from Rochelle to Dublin to Louisville. This includes all of metro Atlanta.

Temperatures are expected to drop into the lower to mid 30s. Frost may damage or kill sensitive plants in the advisory area.

On Saturday, temperatures are expected to rise back to near 60 degrees under sunny skies.

LIVE RADAR: Watch live radar here

Freeze Warning in effect for north Ga. counties

ATLANTA (WXIA) – A freeze warning will last until Monday morning in north Georgia, with temperatures throughout the viewing area expected to reach the low 30s.

Lots of 11s on the WIZometer

We will have another nice day on Wednesday very similar to what we experienced today. We will have a few clouds moving in from the east that will occasionally mix in with the sunshine. Morning temps will start in the upper 50s. We will move up to 77 by afternoon. It will be another 11 on the WIZometer! Thursday will be another 11, too. We will have a mix of sun and clouds and a high of 78.

We will have partly cloudy skies Friday and Saturday. Temperatures will be a little warmer with highs both days into the lower 80s.