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Posted on Sat, May 11, 2013 : 10:02 p.m.

Freeze watch issued for Ann Arbor area

By Cindy Heflin

If you were thinking of spending your Sunday afternoon setting out some pretty petunias or begonias, think again.

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for all of Lower Michigan from late Sunday night through Monday morning. A cold front moving into the state even brought snow to the Traverse City area Saturday.


Frost could damage tender plants overnight Sunday

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There’s none of the white stuff in the forecast for the Ann Arbor area, but it’s going to feel mighty cold after several days of temperatures in the 70s over the past week.

After a low around 36 Saturday night and a high rising only to around 48 Sunday, temperatures will dip below freezing Sunday night. Areas of frost are possible after 2 a.m. Monday morning. The weather service predicts an overnight low of 30.

The cold and frost is likely to ruin any tender annuals already set out, so plan to cover them if you got the gardening bug early this year. Flowering fruit trees could also be damaged by the cold.

It’ll be breezy on Sunday as well, with winds gusting to 32 mph.

Monday will be warmer with a high near 54, but another cold night is in store Monday night, with the low dipping to 39.

Tuesday will bring a chance of showers with a high near 61.

We’ll get a serious warm-up Wednesday with sunny skies and a high of about 80.

Showers and thunderstorms are possible Thursday and Friday with highs in the 70s.

For updated weather forecasts and conditions any time, check's weather page.



Mon, May 13, 2013 : 5:56 p.m.

Whoo, I'm glad I didn't plant my sunflowers yet! Think I'll wait till June. Better safe than sorry.


Mon, May 13, 2013 : 1:17 a.m.

Myself and mother nature needs to have a serious talk.


Sun, May 12, 2013 : 11:02 p.m.

Global and local warming and cooling are ruining my golf game. Come to think of it, we need more golf courses. The sprinkler systems would be on and that would help cool things off.


Mon, May 13, 2013 : 1:19 a.m.

Um, I think things are cool enough without your sprinkler systems.


Sun, May 12, 2013 : 8:56 p.m.

And the teapublicans will point as proof there isn't any global warming. Science isn't their forte'. IT'S GLOBAL WARMING not local cooling. The warmest summer on record last year! We had almost a week of 100 degree weather!


Mon, May 13, 2013 : 12:42 p.m.

Yes, changes in global temperature creates new weather patterns.

Ricardo Queso

Sun, May 12, 2013 : 9:18 p.m.

Would you be referring to a case of "local warming"?


Sun, May 12, 2013 : 2:55 p.m.

any suggestions to fruit tree protection? spinkler? cover? crossfingers? what if blossems are polinated and already fallen off?


Sun, May 12, 2013 : 6:11 p.m.

I like that idea.


Sun, May 12, 2013 : 3:15 p.m.

I THINK its safe now (I'm just going by what happened last year ).But seeing as the frost has already happened I'd have to say cross the fingers.My cherry trees have already started growing fruit and I want some pies from my neighbor


Sun, May 12, 2013 : 2:01 p.m.

This is certainly a result of global something or other.


Sun, May 12, 2013 : 9:59 a.m.

I got up about 15 mins ago (5:45) and my truck is covered in frost