Newberry County prepares for freezing temperatures

Updated: Mar. 11, 2017 at 8:04 PM EST
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NEWBERRY COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The spring-like weather is behind us for now and some Midlands counties are expecting snow Sunday morning.

Areas like Newberry County are prepared for whatever weather conditions may come. Grocery stores were extremely busy on Saturday with people trying to stock up on food and necessities ahead of the weather event.

Emergency officials warned residents to stay home throughout the night on Saturday and into Sunday afternoon.

"From what I understand this is going to be a relatively short-lived situation," Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said, "so if they can just enjoy it from their home and then it will pass on out, everything will be fine."

Sheriff Foster also said deputies will be monitoring road conditions through Sunday.

Gardeners who have been overly excited with their early blooming plants and increase in business due to the warmer temperatures are now worried about the incoming winter event. On Saturday, they were moving plants inside, covering them with burlaps, and warning customers they should take precautions to protect their plants now.

"We have been preparing all day and we are going to have to stay prepared for the entire week," Mikki Kaminer, the general manager at the Wooley Garden Center explained. "Our workload today is massive and we will be putting the actual frost cloths out here."

Ahead of freezing temperatures plant owners should cover their plants with blankets, not plastic. You should also water your plants right away and huddle them together, if possible. The plants that are not rooted in the ground should be taken inside.

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