Freezing Temperatures Possible Tonight and Monday Night

Due to the record setting warmth from earlier this month, many fruit trees, flowering bushes, and annual plants are about one month ahead of schedule.  Starting tonight, the region will see cooler temperatures that will last into late this week.  Clear skies and radiational cooling tonight and Monday night could lead to several hours of sub-freezing temperatures. 

As of early Sunday, the forecast calls for temperatures to fall to between 28 and 32 for several hours tonight, mainly north of Interstate 96.  However some areas south of Interstate 96 could see temperatures briefly approach the freezing mark.  Monday night could see an even more widespread area of freezing temperatures, with most areas east of U.S. 131 under this threat.  Temperatures may fall ino the mid 20s over central lower Michigan, while several hours of temperatures from 27 to 32 will be possilbe over southern lower Michigan.

Fruit growers and greenhouse operators should take the necessary precautions to protect advanced budding and growth.  Any perennial vegetation should be covered or taken indoors.  Temperatures falling to these levels could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

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