Several areas of metropolitan Augusta, including Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties, are under a freeze watch through 9 a.m. Saturday, as overnight lows could drop into the lower 30s, according to the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C.
The early-fall freeze not only could jeopardize backyard gardens and outside plants, but also crops that local growers have yet to harvest.
The forecast calls for an overnight low of 34 degrees in Augusta. Saturday’s high should top out in the low 60s.
Rural counties, such as McDuffie and Lincoln in Georgia and Edgefield and McCormick in South Carolina, are also expected to see near-freezing temperatures.
For the weekend, highs are forecast in the mid- to upper-60s with lows in the upper 30s and lower 40s and mostly clear skies Sunday with a high of 74 degrees.
There’s a zero chance of rain.