The National Watch Service has issued a free watch for Bladen County beginning late Monday night through Tuesday morning.
The watch means that sub-freezing temperatures as low as 32 degrees overnight are possible. Frost and freeze conditions could kill sensitive crops or other sensitive vegetation.
The watch also includes Robeson, Columbus, inland Pender and inland Brunswick counties in North Carolina along with Marlboro and Dillon counties in South Carolina.
Monday’s forecast from the NWS calls for sunny skies with a high near 61 and northwest wind 5 to 11 mph with gusts as high as 20 mph. Monday night, it’s expected to be clear with a low around 34.
The NWS suggests taking steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above-ground pipes to protect them from freezing.