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Freeze Watch
Statement as of 10:52 AM CDT on October 30, 2014

...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.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A freeze watch means sub-freezing temperatures are possible. These conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

Special Statement
Statement as of 2:46 AM CDT on October 30, 2014

...Freezing temperatures likely over the weekend...

A strong cold front is expected to move across the quad state region tonight. Behind the front northwest winds will usher in the coldest air of the season thus far.

Temperatures are expected to drop into the upper 20s to around 32 degrees over the region starting after midnight Friday night. With light winds expected to continue through the night, frost formation will likely be limited to protected areas.

Highs are only expected to top out in the upper 40s Saturday afternoon...and then bottom out in the upper 20s by early Sunday morning. Temperatures should once again fall at or below the freezing mark starting around midnight Saturday night. With winds expected to be calm during this period...a widespread frost is likely.

Temperatures this cold will bring an end to the growing season. A freeze warning will likely be required for all or part of the quad state region this weekend.

Now is a good time to make plans to bring in or protect any sensitive plants from the cold this weekend.