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Plant Depot owner Gail Bolt moves bromeliads into the on-site greenhouse. Tropical plants need to be at temperatures greater than 55 degrees.

Cold weather returns to The T&D Region this weekend.

A freeze watch is in effect from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday morning. A freeze watch means sub-freezing temperatures are possible.

The conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation. Individuals are encouraged to take the necessary precautions to protect vegetation by covering it.

Gail Bolt, owner of Orangeburg's Plant Depot, says some plants such as pansies are weather hardy but others such as mums and bromeliads need to be protected.

"House plants should be taken inside," she said. "Any summer annuals that they want to keep should come inside."

Mums typically can be protected by moving them to an enclosed shelter.

A cold Canadian high pressure system is moving toward the region, dropping temperatures into the upper 20s and lower 30s by sunrise Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

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The high temperature for Orangeburg on Saturday is forecast to be around 57 degrees.

The temperature is forecast to hit 31 that night and reach around 33 on Sunday morning.

Veterans Day looks to be seasonal with mostly sunny conditions and highs in the lower 70s.

Another cold front will move through the area Monday night into Tuesday, dropping nighttime temperatures again to around freezing.

Forecasts call for a chance of rain on Tuesday as the cold front moves through, but current forecast models indicate much of the moisture will be gone by the time the cold air arrives.

Orangeburg's lows Wednesday morning are forecast to be about 32 while highs are forecast to be in the upper 40s.

The coldest day is forecast to be Thursday morning when lows are forecast in the upper 20s.

The average high temperature for Orangeburg this time of year is around 70 and the low is around 45.

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