Freeze warning includes the entire Twin Cities metro area

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The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for most of southern Minnesota for the overnight hours Thursday into Friday morning, and the warning includes the entire 7-county Twin Cities metro area. 

"Temperatures are expected to drop into the upper 20s and lower 30s tonight area wide. A Freeze Warning is in effect across southern MN and portions of western WI where maturing vegetation may be damaged if left unprotected," reads the warning message from the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service. 

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The warning is in effect from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday. And as if one May day with freezing temperatures isn't enough, the same thing in many of the same locations could happen again late Friday into early Saturday, when there is a freeze watch in place. 

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Here's what the weather service recommends you do with plants and outdoor water pipes.

"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."

After the cold mornings Friday and Saturday, there will likely precipitation for much of Minnesota later in the day Saturday. And yes, it might be cold enough in some areas for snow, including in the Twin Cities. 

Novak Weather is even watching the potential for some minor accumulations. Here's more: 

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