Frost Outlook: Low temperatures near freezing this week
Update WED Evening: We continue to track overnight lows dangerously close or even dipping below the freezing mark. A Freeze Warning is in place from 2AM-9AM Thursday morning (Fig. 3). Make sure any of your new plants or vegetation are either covered or brought indoors to keep them safe from the freeze. Fig. 4 shows an up-to-date version of Fig. 2's Frost Outlook which now includes the weekend.The week ahead will feature below normal temperatures and a threat of frost. Monday's high of 57° came just before 8 a.m. and that's the warmest we'll be all week (Fig 1). Forecast highs will be lucky to break 50° most days, while this is colder than normal it's nowhere near the record coldest highs in the 40's and 30's.
The greatest threat this week will be for gardeners with the potential for frost (Fig 2). Tuesday and Wednesday morning while, cool, frost is not as likely thanks to a steady breeze /cloud cover.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings skies are expected to be mostly clear and wind near calm, this will allow temperatures to drop near or below freezing, making frost more likely, but still not approaching record lows.
At this time a hard "killing" freeze is not expected, but a frost or light freeze could damage or kill new growth on budding plants. The best advice for those looking to avoid frost, is to plan Mother's Day weekend or later.
Stay with the First Warning Neighborhood Weather team for updates on the cool temperatures, click here for the latest forecast.