Planting Weather Forecast: Frost, Freeze Conditions Likely Several Nights This Week

A chilly pattern is settling in for the last week of April and into May. Colder air followed a front into the region overnight Friday night and will put temps 10-15 degrees below normal for this weekend through next Wednesday. We should be dry in this period with no new precipitation, but drying will be slowed by the cooler temps. Several nights of frost and freeze conditions are likely and soil temps will be cool. We start to see some moderation later Wednesday afternoon and Thursday.
Friday, we look for clouds to build through the day but temperatures will be near normal. Scattered showers arrive Saturday midday and afternoon, continuing through the overnight period. Rain totals should be 0.1 -1” and 70% coverage. Colder air sweeps in behind to finish the weekend. We will see plenty of clouds through Sunday and those linger into Monday, May 1. Temps are below normal again for the start of the month.

Extended Period:
Cold air remains in play for Tuesday, May 2 and then we see a nice warming surge for the rest of the week. Rain showers are likely Thursday night and Friday night, May 4 and 5. Rain totals will be 0.5” or less with 80% coverage. Another surge of cold air out of Canada comes across the Great Lakes for May 6 and 7. Plenty of clouds are likely in that air mass, and we won’t rule out lingering showers as well. Temps are easily below normal.

Weeks 3 & 4:
Cool temps remain as the biggest threat in the week 3 and week 4 forecasts. We actually end up on the drier side of normal on precipitation both weeks. The level we are below normal suggests we see a minor front each week, but in no way can expect excessive rainfall.
 Week 3 Precipitation (Green = above normal, Brown = below)

Week 3 Temperatures (yellow/orange = above normal, blue = below)

Week 4 Precipitation (Green = above normal, Brown = below)

Week 4 Temperatures (yellow/orange = above normal, blue = below)


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