Cold Wave, Frost, Freeze for Midwest, East
By By Alex Sosnowski, expert senior meteorologist.
May 14, 2013, 2:31:12 PM EDT
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UPDATE:: For a more current update on the cold and frost in the Midwest and Northeast can be found here. __________________________
A blast of chilly air will continue to sweep from the Upper Midwest to the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts during the next several days, bringing a frost and freeze to some locations.
The cold wave, which will initially be accompanied by some wind, will have people donning long sleeves and reaching for heavy jackets in many areas.
At peak, temperatures will average 15 to 20 degrees below normal during the chilly outbreak.
Temperatures dropped to around freezing Saturday night across much of northern and upper Michigan. Overnight snow showers accompanied these colder temperatures, accumulating up to 2 inches in upper Michigan.
A northerly breeze will help to keep temperatures more than 10 degrees below average across the Midwest with the coldest air centered over Michigan.
It is in areas where the wind diminishes Sunday night over the Midwest and Monday night in the Northeast, where the greatest potential for frost exists. In the vicinity of the central Appalachians, there is the potential for freezing temperatures both Sunday and Monday night.
Near-freezing temperatures will have some agricultural interests taking precautions to reduce the risk of damage to orchards, vineyards and berry farms.
Homeowners who have already planted annual flowers and warm-season vegetables will need to cover their tender vegetation or risk losing them to frost or freezing weather.
Garden and home improvement centers may want to move their cold-sensitive stock under cover.
There is hope that with the chilly weather during spring thus far that fruit crops will have significantly less damage with this event, as opposed to multiple bouts of freezing temperatures last spring. Recall that last year at this time, March and April were incredibly warm, spurring on earlier-than-average blossoming and fruit development.
For example at Houghton Lake, Mich., average temperatures during all of March and April this year were 10 degrees lower when compared to the same period last year.
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