EASTERN N.C. -

A Freeze Watch has been issued for inland areas tonight. Clearing skies and diminishing winds will allow for good radiational  cooling conditions overnight across parts of eastern Carolina inland from the coast.

Low temperatures in the upper 20s and lower 30s are expected along and just east of Highway 17, especially in sheltered areas.

Areas of frost are likely and there is a potential for a couple of hours of below freezing temperatures.

The counties included are Washington, Tyrrell, Beaufort, Mainland Hyde, Jones, Craven, Pamlico, and Onslow. This Freeze Watch is in effect from late this evening through early Friday morning.

Counties farther west of these have already experienced morning lows near or below freezing this fall and thus are not included in this watch.

Areas along the immediate coast will not experience sub freezing temperatures due to the relative warmness of adjacent waters.

Sub freezing temperatures could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation. If you want to protect these sensitive plans, bring them in doors or cover them with a blanket.

StormTrack 12 Meteorologists will continue to track conditions surrounding this Freeze Watch.