Frost threatens plants, trees after warm weather
Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is under freeze watches or warnings until Tuesday that have farmers and home gardeners alike monitoring plants and trees for possible frost damage.
After a recent stretch of warm weather that saw temperatures last week in the 70s and 80s, readings in the 20s and 30s are invading parts of northeast Michigan Monday morning. Freeze watches and warnings are in effect in the Lower Peninsula until Tuesday morning, since more cold temperatures were expected tonight.
The National Weather Service says the recent warm weather caused an early green-up, with some plants and trees weeks ahead of their usual growing schedule.
Farmers and home gardeners were urged to protect their plants. Asparagus growers and fruit farmers are among those worried.
Freezing rain is forecast in the Upper Peninsula.