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Tips for cold weather plant protection

Tips for cold weather plant protection

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- When the weather report calls for freezing temperatures overnight, you do not want to be rushing outside in the dark to cover cold-sensitive plants.

According to University of Georgia experts, protect plants in containers either by placing them inside a protective structure (house, garage, greenhouse or shed) or by placing a protective covering over them.

“People put a lot of time and expense in caring for their plants,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “It is important for them to know how to protect their investments to nurture them for growth when the weather is cold.”

Container plants are especially susceptible to cold temperatures; their roots are more exposed because they are above ground. Plants with roots that are damaged by cold temperatures may not show immediate signs of damage; these plants will show signs of stress when temperatures rise and the demand for water from the roots are greater.

Power restored at Cobb County schools

Power restored at Cobb County schools

MARIETTA, Ga -- Weather-related issues plagued three Cobb County Schools today who had to start the day without electricity.

"It was pitch black when we came in (school) and we had to go into the gym to wait until they got the electricity working, but it wouldn't work," said Gaven Allen, a first grader at Mountain View Elementary.

The district bused about 800 Mountain View Elementary students to Lassiter High School's Concert Hall.

A Georgia Power spokeman says a tree fell on power lines in the East Cobb community, stripping power to about 2600 customers, including the schools.

School officials gave parents the option of picking up kids and Heather Carman decided to get hers.

"They were worried about there was no food and no heat," said Carman, mother of a fourth grader and a first grader.

By the time the Mountain View buses arrived at Lassiter, the power returned to Mountain View.

Message from GDOT: Turn off your sprinklers!

Message from GDOT: Turn off your sprinklers!

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation is reminding north Georgia residents to be mindful of temperature drops and to turn off their sprinkler systems.

GDOT released this statement Wednesday morning:

Every winter, we have icing issues due to automatically-timed sprinkler systems left on overnight in freezing temperatures. They can create a very hazardous condition for motorists the next morning.

Automatic sprinkler systems are often timed to operate at night, and when spray from the sprinkler is blown onto the road or water drains onto the road, black ice is formed, creating a hazard for motorists.

The Department urges residents and businesses to take a moment and ensure that automatic sprinkler systems are turned off. With sub-freezing termperatures on the way, motorists are cautioned to be on the lookout for icy patches or black ice, especially early in the morning.

Snow!

Snow!

(WXIA) -- From the mountains through the metro and down to LaGrange, snow flurries fluttered across north Georgia Wednesday morning.

11Alive received a number of snow pictures from viewers. Send yours to photos@11Alive.com or upload them to our photo gallery.

If you plan on traveling for Thanksgiving, be sure to check airport wait times and look out for flight delays before you leave the house.

Message from GDOT: Turn off your sprinklers!

Message from GDOT: Turn off your sprinklers!

ATLANTA -- It's going to be cold in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, with temperatures expected to hover around 27 in the mornings and climb no higher than 45 during the day.

FORECAST | Thanksgiving week temperatures

The Georgia Department of Transportation is asking homeowners to turn off sprinkler systems that are set to automatically run overnight.

"Every winter, we have icing issues due to automatically-timed sprinkler systems that are left on overnight in freezing temperatures," GDOT engineer Rachel Brown said in a statement. "They can create a very hazardous condition for motorists the next morning."

Freeze Warning issued for metro Atlanta

Freeze Warning issued for metro Atlanta

The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning in effect through Thursday morning at 10 a.m., for the following counties: Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Gordon, Floyd, Bartow, Cherokee, Forsyth, Hall, Banks, Jackson, Madison, Polk, Pauling, Cobb, North Fulton, Gwinnett, Barrow, Clarke, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Wilkes, Haralson, Carroll, Douglass, South Fulton, DeKalb, Rockdale, Walton, Newton, Morgan, Greene, Heard, Coweta, Fayette, Clayton and Henry. 

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Prepare for a soggy Labor Day

Prepare for a soggy Labor Day

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The National Weather Service says metro Atlanta is in for a wet unofficial end to summer 2013.

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Most of the state is under a Hazardous Weather Outlook alert Monday morning as rain and storms sweep through Georgia.

One county -- Haralson, on the Georgia-Alabama border -- is under a flash flood warning until noon Monday.

Other portions of the metro experienced heavy rains, swollen creeks, downed trees and, in a few cases, power outages.