Freeze Warnings Issued Earlier...Due to Record Spring Warmth

Spring flowers have bloomed very early this year, including these in the Gaylord area

Freeze Watches and Warnings to be Issued Early This Year

...due to record spring warmth!

Leaves have been spotted on many area trees about 5-8 weeks ahead of schedule


The National Weather Service (NWS) issues Frost Advisories and Freeze Warnings during the growing season to alert those with agricultural interests that cold temperatures may impact sensitive vegetation, such as fruits, vegetables, and flowers.

Most springs, the primary growing season doesn’t begin in Northern Lower Michigan until late April or early May. This is normally when Frost Advisory and Freeze Warning headlines start to be issued by the Gaylord NWS. However, the recent stretch of record setting summer-like warmth has caused the growing season to begin roughly six weeks sooner than normal. As a result, effective immediately the Gaylord NWS will begin issuing Freeze Warnings for temperatures of 28⁰F or colder so that those with sensitive vegetation can mitigate the impact of the cold. Frost Advisories will not yet be issued.

Later this spring, normal frost and freeze headlines will resume (and expand into Upper Michigan).

To put this recent stretch of warm weather into perspective, daily high temperature records were set on seven consecutive days at many northern Michigan locations. In addition, all-time March high temperature records (for any date in March) were established at Alpena (87⁰), Gaylord (83⁰), Pellston (85⁰), Traverse City (87⁰), Houghton Lake (85⁰), and Sault Ste. Marie (83⁰).  In contrast, the normal high temperature this time of year is in the lower to middle 40s, and the normal low is in the 20s.


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