Frost advisory adds precautions to farm's procedures

Friday, April 19, 2013 | 3:47 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The National Weather Service issued a frost advisory for Columbia overnight Saturday. 

Patchy frost could start to accumulate after midnight and continue into Saturday morning when temperatures will drop into the low 30s. The advisory has been set for 1 a.m. to 8 a.m.

The weather service warned that sensitive plants could be damaged by the cold temperatures and frost, something Strawberry Hill Farms owner Steven Sapp is monitoring closely.

The nursery southeast of Columbia is struggling with widely ranging temperatures this season, he said.

Last weekend when temperatures hit 85 degrees at Strawberry Hill, Sapp said they moved tomato plants outside. Because of the high temperatures, many of them were scorched.

Tonight, he and his staff will be moving its stock indoors to avoid frost damage.

Temperatures are expected to move into the low 50s on Saturday, with a low in the 40s, according to the weather service. On Sunday, the temperatures are expected to climb into the mid-60s in time for the annual Earth Day celebration in Peace Park.

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