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Long, cold night: Hard freeze for winter solstice in Tucson

The longest night of the year could be the coldest yet this winter: the National Weather Service is warning of widespread freezing weather in the Tucson area Thursday night, with temperatures dropping into the 20s before dawn Friday. Wrap your pipes, cover your plants, bring your pets inside and be kind to people who are outdoors at night.

A hard freeze warning will be in effect from midnight Thursday through 9 a.m. Friday, with temperatures lower than 32 degrees in the forecast, officials said. Some areas could drop into the teens, NWS said.

Freezing is expected throughout the Tucson area, with the city, Green Valley, Vail, Marana, Oro Valley and Oracle covered by the warning, which extends west onto the Tohono O'odham Nation.

The lowest temperatures are expected just before 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 23 degrees, and even lower in washes and low-lying areas.

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