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Freeze warning issued for Saturday morning

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Surprised that temperatures have been in the 70s in early November? Those are about to end … and quickly.

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for Bladen County in effect Saturday from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sub-freezing temperatures of 29 to 32 degrees are expected, according to the weather service.

Frost and freeze conditions will kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing, according to the alert. Tender outdoor plants will need to be protected from the cold.

Gusty winds are expected to usher in cold air Friday with the high temperature expected to be about 54 degrees. That’s 21 degrees cooler than Thursday’s high of 75.

Saturday’s high is forecast to be about 55 degrees with a low Saturday night of 34. Temperatures are expected to be in the 60s Sunday and Monday before another cold front brings temperatures below freezing at night by Tuesday.