FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Temperatures have been below average since Sunday and it’s about to get downright cold these next two nights.
Overnight lows Thursday and Friday will plummet into the 30s.
Thursday night won’t be as cold with overnight lows falling into the mid to upper 30s.
Temperatures will be closer to the mid-30s if you live near Michigan.
Friday is expected to be the coldest night in the 7-day forecast with lows falling into the low to mid 30s area-wide.
With that being said, patchy frost could develop across parts of northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio Thursday night but the best chance of a widespread frost is Friday night.
Typically, frost can occur when the temperature falls below 36°F.
If frost develops, it could damage or kill sensitive plants that are not protected.
Here are a few ways to protect your plants from frost:
- Use a lightweight sheet or blanket
- Do NOT cover them tightly, they need room to breath
- Do NOT cover plants with plastic, it will suffocate plants
- Watering plants can help them retain heat
- Bring plants indoors
If you cover up your plants this evening, don’t forget to uncover them shortly after the sunrise the following morning.
Usually, the rule of thumb is to plant near Mother’s Day but this year, Mother’s Day is early.
If you haven’t planted your garden yet, hold off until at least next weekend, May 15-16.
Long range, it looks like we could have a couple chilly nights early next week.
Believe it or not, the latest recorded frost in Fort Wayne was May 27, 1961.