The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for Santa Barbara County — including the cities of Santa Maria, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Solvang — that will remain in effect from midnight tonight to 10 a.m. on Friday. Temperatures are expected to drop to as low as 23 degrees in some areas, which can kill unprotected vegetation and animals, Weather Service officials said. Frost or hard freeze conditions are likely tonight and Thursday morning with gusty winds continuing through mid-morning. The cold snap should start to dissipate by Friday.


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