Weather Blog: Freezing cold likely, snow possible this week

It's not uncommon to have a few frosty mornings as we head towards the end of April, but what's to come this week could possibly have some harsh impacts.

Posted: Apr 17, 2021 9:05 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - If you thought we were going to sneek through spring without anymore harsh winter weather, then you aren't going to like what we're tracking for the week ahead.

Normally for this time of year in Fort Wayne, high temperatures are supposed to be in the low 60s and morning temperatures in the upper 30s.

It's not uncommon to have a few frosty mornings as we head towards the end of April, but what's to come could possibly cause some harsh impacts.

A hard freeze is forecasted for Wednesday and Thursday morning of this week. This happens when temperatures drop below the 30 degree mark. For both mornings, temperatures are forecasted to drop down into the upper 20s.

Hard freezes have the potential to cause plant damage, including to fruit crops. According to Michigan State University, temperatures of 28 degrees could result in an up to 10% loss for fruits and flowers that have started to bloom. That bumps up to 90% loss for temperatures at and below 24 degrees.

Cold temperatures aren't the only thing to worry about this week. There's the potential for accumulating snow as well. At the time of this writing, snow amounts are unknown. On average though, Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio sees anywhere from 0.5 to 1.5 inches of snow for the month of April, in total.

The cold air will be arriving JUST as our next weather maker moves over us. The weather will start as rain on Tuesday afternoon, but transition to a rain/snow mix late Tuesday night and to all snow overnight into Wednesday morning.

The chance for accumulating snow is all about timing and the exact path the weather system takes. Little shifts north or south will change the forecast. 

If you planned on doing some planting this week. It's best to hold off. On average, our last date for a freeze is April 23rd in Fort Wayne. Learn when it's best to plant those vegetables here

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An area of high pressure will pave the way to plenty of sunshine as we round out the work week.
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