The National Weather Service issued a freeze warning for the Willamette Valley, including Philomath, that runs from midnight to 9 a.m. Saturday. Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 30 are expected.
Officials said frost and freeze conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation if left unprotected. For residents in those situations, they are advised to take steps to protect tender plants from the cold.
Benton County reports the availability of daytime warming centers — indoor heated facilities that are free for members of the public to access during designated hours. Many of the locations also have pet crates available.
In Philomath, warming centers are located at Philomath Community Library (closes at 6 p.m. Friday; open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday) and Philomath Fire and Rescue’s Station 201 (open weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.).
In addition, Benton County has funded Faith Hope and Charity to provide overnight severe weather overflow sheltering for unhoused Benton County residents. According to the county, outreach is occurring to identify individuals in need of those services.
County officials urge motorists to slow down and use caution while driving and recommend having an emergency plan and supplies ready.