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Freeze Warning Issued for Tonight, Tuesday Morning

Temperatures could dip into the 20s overnight, killing budding flowers and plants if they are left unprotected.

We knew it was too good to be true.

The spring and occasionally summer-like temperatures that have become the norm these past few weeks will disappear with a "killing freeze" tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

The service has issued a freeze warning for our area that will remain in effect from 11 p.m. Monday to 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Temperatures are expected to drop into the 20s tonight, which the weather service reports will "likely lead to a killing freeze for the plants that have sprouted across southeast Michigan."

This means newly budded and sensitive outdoor plants could be killed if left uncovered.

The Farmer's Almanac recommends covering your plants using newspapers, baskets, tarps, straw, sheets or other materials to retain as much soil heat and moisture as possible as well as to protect against strong winds.

Here are a couple of other things you can do:

  • Cover the whole plant before sunset to trap any remaining heat.
  • Keep the soil moist by watering your plants the day a frost is predicted.

for additional advice on how to protect your plants.

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