Bitter overnight temperatures could harm plants

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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV)-- After weeks of unseasonably warm weather, winter returned Saturday morning.

The mix of temperatures not only leaves many of us confused, but many of your plants and crops could be affected by the bitter cold this week.

Many people saw their gardens start to come to life and bloom early, but if you are not careful, your flowers could be destroyed by frost and ice.

David Freed, who is the owner of Freed's Greenhouse, said mother nature seems to be a bit confused. He said they have taken extra care of their plants to keep them away from the cold.

"We start the plug trays in February, so we start the pansies, portulaca, petunias, and a few peppers and tomatoes. Our hanging baskets and ferns are growing. The only thing we have had to do different is that I had fruit trees come in and I took a lot of those and put them in the house next door to protect the blooms. With the cold temperatures we are having, most people are going to lose blooms with it down below 20 degrees, said Freed.

Freed said the best thing to do for crops at this point, is put them in a high tunnel, cover them up, and hope for the best.

So how normal is it that we are seeing single digit temperatures when we are only days away from spring?

"One of the things that does cause this is that we are having some strong high pressure and low pressure systems that will move through bringing quite a bit of cold air. It is a little unusual to see this big of a transition in the beginning of March. Usually we are starting to see the colder air move out and the warmer air come back in," said 5 News Meteorologist, Jay Martin.