Due to the extreme warmth northern Michigan experienced in March, and the unusual early plant growth that ensued, the National Weather Service (NWS) in Gaylord began issuing Freeze Warnings for northern Lower Michigan on March 23rd. This was roughly 6 weeks earlier than normal. Several hard freezes have subsequently occurred, with widespread temperatures in the teens and lower 20s. Unfortunately, in spite of efforts to mitigate the impact of the cold, fruit trees that blossomed early in many areas were adversely affected. The full extent of this impact is still unknown.
As a result of the recent cold weather, and the fact that normal low temperatures this time of year are still below freezing, Freeze Warnings have been temporarily suspended across northern Lower Michigan. They will resume around May 1st. The NWS will continue to issue Frost Advisories and Freeze Warnings for southern Lower Michigan, as needed, where the agricultural growing season begins several weeks earlier.
Those who may still have sensitive vegetation across northern Michigan should continue to closely monitor weather conditions. When temperatures are forecast to fall below freezing, preventative measures should continue to be taken.