Sub-freezing temperatures prompt warning to cover plants, bring in pets

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ST. GEORGE — Sub-freezing temperatures that could be deadly for pets and destructive to plants are forecast for the region Monday night into Tuesday morning.

In St. George, temperatures are expected to drop below 32 degrees from about 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. In Cedar City, temperatures are forecast to be below-freezing throughout the entire night until at least 10 a.m.

The freezing temperatures are also expected to affect northern Arizona and southern Nevada, where a hard freeze warning is in effect in Mesquite.

According to the National Weather Service, freezing and sub-freezing temperatures can be harmful and potentially deadly to pets left outside. These conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

People are advised to ensure their pets and livestock are kept in a warm environment. Plants should be covered to retain as much soil heat and moisture as possible. Some appropriate cover materials include newspapers, baskets, tarps and straw.

The National Weather Service also recommends that preparations are made to protect exposed outdoor water pipes.

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