A cold blast is forecast to hit the North Coast tonight, bringing below-freezing overnight temperatures through the weekend.
The sharp dip is expected to fill shelters and could threaten outdoor plants.
"Overall, this may be some of the coldest weather we've had this winter," senior AccuWeather meteorologist Bob Smerbeck said Wednesday. "Anyone with susceptible plants better have a game plan beginning Thursday night."
Daytime highs are expected to be in the upper 40s with cloudy skies and rain possible Saturday night, Smerbeck said.
The chilly conditions will continue through the beginning of next week, he said.