Warm Weather Payback – Freeze Warning for Tonight

You didn’t really expect to make it through March without a little cold weather, did you?

With temperatures averaging well above normal over most of February and March, spring plant growth has literally exploded across our region. But if you have fallen prey to the notion that summer has arrived in Clarke County, think again.

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for the northern Shenandoah Valley, including Clarke, from 3:00 am to 9:00 am for Tuesday.

Temperatures will range from the middle and upper 20s across the Potomac Highlands to lower 30s in the Shenandoah Valley, northern Maryland and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.

The National Weather Service advises that unprotected vegetation that is sensitive to a freeze will be at risk for damage. More significant damage to vegetation will occur in locations where temperatures drop below 28 degrees for 3 or more hours.

A freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

Plant experts recommend placing a protective covering, like newspaper or plastic, over plants, if possible, to help retain heat and prevent freezing.

Temperatures predicted for later in the week are expected to return to above average with a chance of rain on Wednesday and Thursday.