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West Ala. farmers prepare for cold snap

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Tomatoes at Miss Emily's Tomatoes in Coker. Source: Josh Gauntt/WBRC Tomatoes at Miss Emily's Tomatoes in Coker. Source: Josh Gauntt/WBRC
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

Some local growers say they will worry all night Tuesday as freezing temperatures threaten young plants.

At Miss Emily's Tomatoes in Coker, keeping rows and rows of tomatoes warm during cold snaps is essential.

"We're always worried. And we'll be worrying about it tonight," Karen Wallace, the owner said. "Instead of sleeping, we'll be tossing and turning."

Wallce's tomatoes are inside a gree house which helps. But the cold can creep inside and do damage. That's why Wallace made sure her heaters work also she put in extra insulation on the outside.

Wallace is also keeping a close eye on her blackberries to make sure they survive the cold. Extra straw is down around them to keep them from freezing and dying.

To say the least, local farmers are hoping Mother Nature doesn't hurt them Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning.

"We are definitely keeping our fingers crossed," Wallace added.

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