Residents brace for first frost of fall season

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HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - A Freeze Warning is set to take effect at midnight, as temperatures dip into the 30s across the area tonight.

"They're issued the first time we have widespread frost or sub-freezing temperatures," 5 News' Chief Meteorologist Ken Meehan explained. "Obviously, the temperatures are going to drop below freezing during the winter time. This is only at the beginning, the first time that we usually see them."

The National Weather Service advises that these temperatures could kill crops or other sensitive vegetation.

"I've got green peppers and stuff still, but after a freeze they'll be done," Charles Hall said, as he looked over the garden in his backyard in Lost Creek.

John Murray, an extension agent with WVU, reminds people to remember the following:

-Cover your crops or plants with a sheet or blanket

-If tomatoes or other vegetables are ready to harvest, take them inside

-Cool season crops (cabbage, broccoli) can withstand cooler temperatures, but could be damaged if temperatures dip below freezing.

The Freeze Warning is in effect for Barbour, Harrison, Nicholas, Randolph, Taylor, Upshur, and Webster counties until 10 a.m. Tuesday.

For more on the Freeze Warning and Frost Advisory, click on the story in the 'Related Items' section.