Near-freezing temperatures expected to start spring

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A Freeze Watch has been issued for several central Illinois counties as lows drop near freezing Saturday (3-19) and Sunday (3-20) nights. A Freeze Watch has been issued for several central Illinois counties as lows drop near freezing Saturday (3-19) and Sunday (3-20) nights.

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Temperatures are expected to drop near freezing for the first time in weeks as spring starts Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Meteorologist Adam Del Rosso says a strong low pressure system in the higher parts of the atmosphere is helping to bring the colder air into town. With lows Saturday night near 32 and lows Sunday night near 31, sensitive plants that have started to bloom could be impacted. 

Because of the threat of a frost/freeze, the National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Watch for several central Illinois counties including Macoupin, Montgomery and Fayette. Cover any plants or flowers that will be impacted, or bring them inside if possible. 

Spring starts Saturday night at 11:30 p.m. CDT, marking the time when the sun's direct rays cross the equator heading into the northern hemisphere.

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