National Weather Services issues Freeze Warning for Metro Detroit

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(WWJ) Heads up, metro Detroiters: It's going to get pretty cold overnight.

A Freeze Warning has been issued for Detroit area, and a majority of Southeast Michigan, in effect from 4 a.m. until 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16.

The National Weather Service says temperatures will fall down to, or slightly below 32 degrees, which will lead to widespread frost in metro Detroit.

Conditions will be right for a hard freeze in spots, mainly in communities south of Detroit. A Freeze Warning means frost and freeze conditions may kill crops and other sensitive vegetation, and could possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.

To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above- ground pipes to protect them from freezing.

Metro Detroiters with flower baskets or containers outdoors should bring them inside if possible, or cover them with an old tablecloth or sheet. For extra protection, you can cover plants with plastic, but with a cloth barrier in between.

It's important to bring pets indoors whenever temps dip this low, or -- if that's not possible -- make sure they are provided with shelter and adequate warmth. Keep in mind that water put out for pets may freeze.

After a wet, windy and cold Thursday, WWJ AccuWeather Meteorologist Dean DeVore says, "Then it clears out quickly this evening, cold overnight," he said. "Freeze warnings are out for the southern tier counties in Michigan that are still in somewhat of a growing season. But for most of us you may still have something outside that you'll want to being inside."

Although we will see some sunshine, temps will remain chilly all day Friday, DeVore said, and it will remain seasonably cool all weekend, with highs in metro Detroit only reaching only into the 50s.

Saturday will cloud up ahead of some rain possible Sunday.

Sunday night into Monday morning, take note that temperatures could dip down into the 30s once again.

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