Saturday, October 8, 2016

First Freeze Date Might Be Late This Year

With frost warnings posted just to our north tonight, it is clear that we don't have that much more time until our first freeze (32 degrees) and hard freeze (28 degrees).  Our low this morning was 37 degrees and although we have a slight warm-up ahead, by the end of this week our lows will again head into the 30's.  The graphic shows that, on average our first freeze in the Stateline typically occurs between October 1 and October 10. To our South and in the Chicago area the first freeze usually doesn't happen until later this month.  

The warmer-than-average temperatures we've been experiencing across the country are contributing to the odds that our first freeze might not happen until a little later this month.  Based on recent long-term  model runs it looks like the first sustained cold-snap may not move into our area until late in October. 

Although we will experience cool temperatures on Thursday and Friday, it looks like the plants are still safe, and perhaps that will be the case for a few more weeks.  However, we know that it is just a matter of time before we have to prepare for much colder weather!  Have a great Sunday.  

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