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Temperatures falling, crops in danger and more

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LINCOLN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Josh Crotts looked over a long row of apple trees in bloom on Tuesday. "They are pretty much at their most vulnerable point," he said. That's not good news with freezing temperatures expected overnight.

"We might be okay with 30 degrees, but if it gets below that we are entering a danger zone," he said.

Knob Creek Orchards has been through good and bad years. This was shaping up to be an excellent one, and the Crotts family hopes it turns out that way but it all depends on the weather.

Strawberry plants have been covered and peaches are past bloom stage but everything could be at risk depending on how cold it gets. "All we can do is pray." 

As farmers work to protect their crops, homeowners and others with small gardens or flower beds are being urged to cover those plants too. Juanita Carswell at 18 Produce and Garden in Morganton says it doesn't have to be anything fancy.

"Some people use boxes or cut up milk jugs and some even use styrofoam coolers."  Carswell says it would be good to keep those things handy until May. "We're not out of the woods until Mother's Day."

In the mountains, there has not been much planting yet because April freezes are not uncommon. Still, sleet falling in Banner Elk was not something folks there wanted.

"Enough is enough," said John Hempfling. He and others say it was a bitter winter and they are just ready for spring like weather to stay.

Overnight, however, there is a chance of snow.

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