First hard freeze of the season expected in Reno

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- It has been a week that involved a Red Flag Warning. Now the Reno-Sparks area is getting ready for a freeze warning.

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The National Weather Service and KOLO 8 News Now’s Meteorologists expect overnight temperatures over the next few days to dip into the 20's for the Western Nevada valleys.

It is recommended that you do what you can to protect your property before the hard freeze. Some tips around the house is to unplug garden hose, so they don't burst and drain your sprinklers.

For your plants, it's recommended you bring in the smaller plants and cover the ones outside. Also, bring your pets indoors.

Even though, it has snowed in the valley and in the upper elevation and, with the freezing temperature arriving, one would suspect it could mean goodbye to fire season, but Meteorologist Chris Smallcomb with the National Weather Service says that is not the case.

"Large fires during our region during the drier fall, remember the Caughlin Ranch Fire was only a week before Thanksgiving back in 2011, a very dry fall,” said Smallcomb. “Until we get the very first rain event, I'm talking a wide spread half an inch, three quarters of an each of rain fall to really wet down the vegetation and the soil. We do need to remain at a heightened alert."

Another reason to remain on high alert, is to be careful on the roadways as icy spots are possible in the valley.