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Nipping at your nose: Temps could fall into 20s overnight

The National Weather Service is warning of widespread freezing weather throughout the Tucson area on Thursday night, with some temperatures dropping into the 20s before dawn Friday.

A freeze warning will be in effect from 10 p.m. Thursday through 9 a.m. Friday, with temperatures of 32 degrees or lower possible, officials said.

Freezing is expected throughout the Tucson area, with the city, Green Valley, Vail, Marana, Oro Valley and Oracle covered by the warning, along with most of Southeastern Arizona, including Nogales, Sierra Vista, Bisbee, Douglas, Tombstone, Benson, Willcox and Safford.

The low in parts of Tucson may hove just above the freezing point, at about 34 degrees.

Willcox could see a low of 20 degrees, with temperatures on Mt. Lemmon dropping down to just 18 degrees.

The lowest temperatures are expected between 2 a.m. and dawn, the Weather Service said.

Wrap your pipes, cover your plants, bring your pets inside and be kind to people who are outdoors at night. NWS is forecasting temperatures may drop as low as 28 degrees, and even lower in washes and low-lying areas.

Tucson has activated Operation Deep Freeze, an effort to provide shelter to homeless people. The Salvation Army is encouraging anyone who needs shelter to go to the Tucson Hospitality House, 1002 N. Main Ave., on any night the temperatures fall below 35 degrees (40 degrees if there's rain or snow).

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The Tucson Department of Transportation, meanwhile, will work to prevent ice buildup on bridges and overpasses by spraying magnesium chloride on bridge decks. Drivers should be cautious when driving in freezing temperatures, officials said.

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