Get ready to be frozen.
The National Weather Service is issuing a Freeze Warning that will go into effect overnight tonight and last until Tuesday morning.
Weather officials say sub-freezing temperatures are expected to get as low as 28 degrees in the area.
Weatherology Meteorologist Ray Miller says freezing conditions can kill crops, vegetation and any gardening you may have started “If you’ve already started gardening, if you have some of the more delicate plants outside….really anything that cannot survive a freeze, you at least want to cover if possible. Anything potted, bring those inside if possible.”
Miller also says the cold is deadly to animals and can damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.
Experts say in order to prevent freezing and possible water pipes, residents should wrap, drain, or allow them to drip slowly.
If you have any pets that normally stay outside, local shelters say you should bring them inside or contact them if you are in need of assistance.
...FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 9 AM CDT TUESDAY... * WHAT...Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 28 expected. * WHERE...Portions of central, east central, south central, southwest and west central Missouri. * WHEN...From 2 AM to 9 AM CDT Tuesday. * IMPACTS...Frost and freeze conditions will kill or damage crops, other sensitive vegetation, and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. 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.