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BRRR... Temperatures at freezing across much of South

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) - With freeze warnings and frost advisories across nearly all of Tennessee, some extraordinary precautions are being taken to save crops.

Near Franklin, Arrington Vineyards hired helicopters to circle over the grape vines, hoping the rotor wash would bring down enough slightly warmer air to keep the grapes from freezing.

The practice call crop warming is common among citrus growers in Florida.

Vineyard president Kip Summers told WTVF-TV ( ) some ice had formed on plants.

If the vineyard lost its crop, it would have to bring in grapes from elsewhere to make its wine and other Tennessee vineyards were having a similar problem early Thursday. The freeze warning for Middle Tennessee was posted until 8 a.m.

Chilly temperatures have delayed lane closures on a busy commuter freeway in metro Atlanta.

Forecasters say a freeze warning for parts of north Georgia will continue through 10 a.m. Thursday Fannin, Union and Towns counties in the north Georgia mountains.

A frost advisory also runs through 10 a.m. Thursday for much of the state, including LaGrange, Macon, Augusta, Athens, Gainesville, Rome, Dalton and all of metro Atlanta.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports ( that lane closures planned for the early morning hours Thursday on Georgia 400 have been postponed. The lanes were being closed for construction of a pedestrian bridge in the Buckhead area.

Temperatures were expected to plunge into the lower 30s in parts of north Georgia, which could threaten or kill tender spring growth.


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