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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.

Rockdale County asks citizens to sign up for CodeRED

Rockdale County asks citizens to sign up for CodeRED

CONYERS, Ga. –- Throughout the month of April, Rockdale County encourages citizens to sign up for CodeRED, the county’s high-speed notification system that delivers time-sensitive messages via voice, email, and text to targeted areas or the entire County during emergency situations or disasters. The awareness campaign coincides with the theme for National County Government Month (NCGM), Ready and Resilient Counties: Prepare. Respond. Thrive.

“Severe weather and emergency situations can hit Rockdale at any time,” Rockdale Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Dan Morgan said. “In observance of the NCGM theme, now is a fitting time for anyone who lives or works in Rockdale County to sign up for CodeRED weather alerts and emergency notifications.”

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.

Annual Tree Lighting Celebration location moved due to inclement weather

Annual Tree Lighting Celebration location moved due to inclement weather

CONYERS, Ga. – Rockdale County invites the public to stay out of the rain and share in the spirit of the holidays at its annual Tree Lighting Celebration on Sat., Dec.7 now at an indoor location.

Due to the anticipation of inclement weather Dec. 7, the 2013 Tree Lighting Celebration will move into the Rockdale County Auditorium, 903 Main Street, Conyers. The program will still start immediately after the Hometown Holiday parade between 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  

This year’s Tree Lighting theme, “Lights, Camera, Action, Christmas!,” will feature performances by local choirs and dance groups, and a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will light a beautifully decorated Christmas tree on stage in front of the audience. There will still be lights on the large outdoor tree for citizens to enjoy through the holiday season.

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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