At the Garden Center at Lowe’s in Dickson City, crews were busily trying to take cover from the cold Monday afternoon, moving trees and plants inside and away from the blustery winds and expected freezing temperatures.
“This is horrible. It’s like the world’s worst thing right now for anything that is in bloom because this freeze can take all your blooms out,” said nursery expert Noelle Olver.
Temperatures in the 20s overnight mean a hard freeze and after the recent warm weather, many are shocked by the plunging temperatures and worried about saving their blooms.
“It’s like a shock because when you think about it, we have already put our winter things away and now maybe we have to get them back out,” said a woman from Scranton.
“I mean you have to get roses and stuff like that covered so you don’t kill them for the year, all the stuff I got in my yard is evergreen,” said Jeff Hall of Dickson City.
Experts said the best way to protect blooming plants and trees from the cold is to cover them.
“You’re gonna want to cover it with a sheet, simply sheets big enough to cover, use clothes pins, anything to hold it down,” said Olver.
Despite the trouble it may cause some, others are taking the cold in stride.
“It’s March, you know? Anything can happen in March and in April, you could have snow, you know?” said Hall.