Baby, It's Cold Outside!

By: Lanetra Bennett
November 13, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Meteorologists say our area is experiencing near freezing temperatures.

In people's efforts to stay warm indoors, experts say keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment.

It was staying warm outside that many people were struggling with Wednesday. Many people were bundled up in their winter coats, scarves, and gloves.

While some weren't quite prepared for such a dip in temperatures, others like Tallahassee resident Samantha Dulak, welcome it.

Dulak says, "I was out with a friend, and all of a sudden we were talking and the wind blew in and it was absolutely freezing; and I'm loving it. I love the winter and the summer because you can tell the seasons are changing. Things around you are going to be better. I can add more items if I need to to stay warm. But, I love it."

Experts say dressing in layers, protecting your hands and feet, and paying attention to the forecast can help you stay safe and warm while outdoors in cold weather.

If you're unsure about how to protect your plants during these near freezing temperatures, WCTV Meteorologist Mike McCall says it won't hurt to bring them indoors.

But, there are some ways to keep them safe from the cold if you do have to leave them outside.

The owner of Esposito Lawn and Garden Center in Tallahassee says what's most important, is when you know cold weather is coming, the day or two beforehand, water your plants.

Ralph Esposito says you don't want your plants to be dry.

One of the things he says you can do to protect your plants from the cold, is to put a frost cloth over them, or use a blanket to cover them.

For larger plants or trees, Esposito says plant protection bags are a good option. "These are actually like a little bag. So for a citrus tree that may be cold sensitive, you can take this bag and slip it over the top. There's a drawstring and it would cover the entire tree."

A neat little trick you can do for larger plants, is using Christmas lights; Esposito says the old-fashioned ones that are painted, not the L.E.D.s.

Esposito says because the lights get hot to the touch, you can wrap them around branches, turn them on, and you don't have to worry about freezing.

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