It's going to get chilly.

The Brainerd lakes area will be in a freeze warning Thursday night, May 27, with sub-freezing temperatures as low as 28 degrees expected.

The National Weather Service in Duluth issued a freeze warning in effect from 10 p.m. Thursday to 9 a.m. Friday for several counties in east central, north central and northeast Minnesota which includes Brainerd lakes area counties of Cass, Crow Wing and Aitkin including the cities of Walker, Pine River, Brainerd, Hill City, Aitkin and Duluth.

The weather service reported the frost and freeze conditions during this time may kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.

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People are advised to take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should be wrapped, drained or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above-

ground pipes to protect them from freezing.

In the Brainerd area it is expected to be cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 33 degrees, with northeast winds 5 to 10 mph and gusts as high as 20 mph.

The low temperatures for the weekend are expected to be above freezing and people shouldn’t have to cover their plants. Friday’s low is expected to be 36 degrees; Saturday’s low, 49 degrees; and Sunday night, 50 degrees.