I'm probably preaching to the choir but..................
If you've any tender plants in the ground get them covered. Move plants in pots indoors. As general rule, protect any potted plants from temperatures below 40. The plant wont freeze but will "stall" and take a long time to recover. Some plants, like the Euphorbia "Diamond Frost, a common filler plant in containers, will stall and not resume growth at all.
I'm even bringing in my container tree roses. With four of them, the garage looks like a forest.
Most of you, I'm sure, know our last frost date is May 15th.
I can never remember - do we bring in our pets and old people for these temps? :-)
weather.com says a low of 39 tonight.
Crossing my fingers... I have mostly avoided the temptation to start planting early, but I did go out on a limb with some marigold seeds 10 days ago or so that are starting to sprout. Over the years I have fared well with using Mother's Day as a "start planting" date, but holland correctly notes that we do not get the true all-clear on freezes until mid-May in this area.
Fulton and Henry counties are under a Freeze Warning.
The National Weather Service in northern Indiana has issued a
freeze warning... which is in effect from 2 am EDT /1 am CDT/ to
8 am EDT /7 am CDT/ Monday.
- temperatures falling into the lower 30s.
- Frost should remain isolated to patchy... primarily in regions
sheltered from the wind.
- sensitive plants may be harmed.
The NWS forecasts Toledo's low temp for Monday morning to be in the mid-30s. We're under a Wind Advisory. It's forecast to be breezy on Monday.
It's going to be a little worse at the other of the lake.
Here's a Sunday afternoon statement issued by the Cleveland NWS:
... Winter Storm Warning in effect from 4 am Monday to 3 PM EDT
The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a Winter
Storm Warning for heavy snow... which is in effect from 4 am
Monday to 3 PM EDT Tuesday.
- Accumulations... 6 to 10 inches of snow is possible across
northeast Ohio and 10 to 14 inches across northwest Pennsylvania
by Tuesday afternoon. Heaviest amounts will be in the higher
elevations away from the lake.
- Timing... snow will develop late tonight and continue on and off
into Tuesday afternoon.
- Winds... northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.
- Visibilities... winds will cause significant blowing and drifting
of snow dropping visibilities to a half mile or less at times.
- Temperatures... in the lower to mid 30s.
- Impacts... the snow that falls will be heavy and wet and driven
by strong winds. This could have a significant impact on trees
and other vegetation with leaves as well as potentially
affecting power lines.
Holy crap, better Cleveland than us.
I guess if we do get a frost we should just shut up and be grateful.
Issued for Lucas and Wood counties:
Statement as of 3:19 PM EDT on April 26, 2012
... Freeze warning in effect from 4 am to 9 am EDT Friday...
The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a freeze
warning... which is in effect from 4 am to 9 am EDT Friday.
* Temperatures... lows in the lower 30s.
* Timing... after 4 am through daybreak.
* Impacts... unprotected outdoor plants could be damaged or killed.
A freeze warning is issued when freezing temperatures are
forecast to threaten outdoor plants. If you are in the warned
area you should harvest or protect tender vegetation. Also...
potted plants normally left outdoors should be covered or brought
inside away from the cold. Stay tuned to weather radio for
further details or updates.