...Freeze watch in effect from late Friday night through Sunday morning...
The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued a freeze watch...which is in effect from late Friday night through Sunday morning. This watch covers all of southeast Missouri...southern Illinois...southwest Indiana and west Kentucky.
* Temperatures will drop below at or below the freezing mark by midnight Friday night over southwest Illinois...then spread southeast across the rest of the region through the overnight hours Saturday morning. Temperatures Saturday morning will range from 26 to 31 degrees.
For Saturday night and Sunday...temperatures should drop below freezing no later than 10 PM CDT Saturday night...with lows ranging between 26 and 32 degrees.
Temperatures should rise above freezing after 9 am CDT on Saturday and 8 am CST on Sunday.
* Impacts will be twofold. Cold temperatures Saturday and Sunday will damage sensitive plants left uncovered and left outdoors. Moderate to heavy frost expected Saturday night and Sunday will also damage plants. The cold temperatures will essentially end the outdoor growing season.
A freeze watch means sub-freezing temperatures are possible. These conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.