Freeze warnings have been issued in Merced County this week, and weather officials are advising people to look out for seniors and their pets.
A hard freeze warning is in place for Monday night, meaning temperatures will drop to 27 degrees or lower, according to Jeff Barlow, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Hanford. Temperatures will be at their coldest between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m., he added, dropping to anywhere between 24 and 27 degrees.
Temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday night are expected to be low also, Barlow said, and the weather service has issued a freeze watch. Between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. temperatures will be 28 to 32 degrees.
Merced will also see “breezy conditions and could be gusty at times,” Barlow said.
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Make sure seniors are safe and have working heat, pets have a warm place to stay, outside pipes are wrapped and plants sensitive to the cold are covered kept inside, Barlow said.
“This is also going to impact crops,” he added. “We’re urging the ag community to take necessary precautions."
Monica Velez: 209-385-2486, @monicavelez21