Freeze watch posted for parts of Middle Georgia

Heavy coats and sweaters will be needed Saturday morning for pink pancakes at Central City Park.

Temperatures will plunge into the upper 30s Saturday morning, but the greater threat comes Sunday.

Freezing temperatures are expected as far south as Macon from late Saturday night until about 10 a.m. Sunday morning, which could affect tender, young plants and budding fruit trees.

By Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service adjusted its forecast even colder and expanded freeze watches in north Georgia for early Saturday and dropped Macon’s forecast low to 36 degrees.

The colder temperatures on the way prompted forecasters to include more Middle Georgia counties in a freeze watch for Sunday.

A freeze is expected along and north of a line from Hamilton to Macon to Louisville.

Sunday’s freeze watch includes Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Jones, Monroe, Twiggs, Upson, Washington, Butts, Greene, Hancock, Henry, Jasper and Putnam counties.

Meteorologists will be closely watching temperature projections for Sunday morning when the temperature is expected to drop to 31 degrees in Macon, according to the forecast as of Friday night.

Frost might be widespread in parts of Middle Georgia, so growers and gardeners should keep a close eye on temperatures.