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Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 3:29 pm

The New Year brought with it freezing temperatures that swept through the Wiregrass area during the early morning hours Monday and Tuesday night.

A freeze warning was in effect both evenings with temperatures going down into the 20s.

The cold temperatures were the result of a cold front that moved through the region Monday evening that swept cold, dry air behind it.

The area experienced a long duration hard freeze Tuesday night that lasted until Wednesday morning with temps in the lower 20s.

Forecasters predicted eight to 14 hours of freezing temperatures Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

The freeze had the potential of damaging unprotected vegetation and rupturing pipes that were exposed to the prolonged cold temperatures.

Some area farmers took precautions by covering crops with water to insulate plants from below freezing temperatures.

Coffee County emergency management officials urge residents to remember the four "P's" during times of freezing conditions - people, pets, plant and pipes.

Temperatures are expected to climb back into the upper 60s by the weekend with lows in the 50s.

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