KAUFMAN COUNTY, Texas — The National Weather Service (NWS) in Fort Worth, Texas, has issued a Freeze Watch for Kaufman County later Thursday night into Friday morning.

"A Freeze Watch means that the season`s first episode of widespread sub- freezing temperatures are possible," stated the NWS. "These conditions could harm sensitive plants, and residents are advised to protect tender vegetation"

"Automatic sprinkler systems should also be turned off to avoid creating ice patches on nearby roads, driveways, and sidewalks," stated the NWS.

With temperatures expected between 28 and 32 degrees, the NWS also advises residents to check on elderly neighbors or family members and take extra precautions with pets. Outdoor plumbing should also be protected.

Sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph are possible across the area once the cold front has passed through, according to the NWS.