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Inland areas gear up for freezing temperatures

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A hard freeze watch is in place for portions of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties through the middle of the week.

Wind-sheltered areas in San Luis Obispo County that could face negative impacts from this weather event include Paso Robles, Atascadero, and California Valley.

These areas are used to seeing frost advisories; however, a hard freeze means the freezes last longer which can have much more damaging impacts, according to KSBY Chief Meteorologist Dave Hovde.

"You can protect things, except the colder it gets, the longer it gets, we're talking about two days here. Then you run into some more problems," Hovde said.

For Kara Kaster, whose family has owned a ranch in Park Hill since the late 1800s, freezes and frosts can impact the way her family does business. 

"We have to wrap our pipes," Kaster said. "If there is busts underneath the ground from the water freezing, we get that taken care of as soon as possible."

These freezing temperatures can dip to the low 20s overnight; however, locals can off-set the effects of the freeze if they cover plants with a sheet or towel, place them against the house for warmth and coverage, or slide them under a canopy. Plus, Bay Laurel in Atascadero also says you can get festive by wrapping Christmas lights around your plants.

However, plants aren't the only living things susceptible to freezing temperatures. Our four-legged friends are at risk of hypothermia if left out in the cold for too long. That's why it's important to bring them inside at night or make sure they have the proper outdoor protections.

"I always, I bring my dog in, my cat has a nice little, little structure that he goes in at night," said Susan Hayes, Paso Robles Farm Supply Branch Manager.

Hayes also has horses and cattle. She says when temperatures get below freezing, they can have adverse effects on livestock.

"I have horses and cattle. I make sure if my water gets frozen overnight I break that so they have available water," Hayes said. "That's the biggest thing, who wants to drink freezing cold water?"

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