Freeze watch issued for Thursday night through Friday morning in Ann Arbor area
Editor's note: The word "hours" has been corrected in the second paragraph.
Get ready to protect your petunias. The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch that will remain in effect through Friday morning.
Temperatures are forecast to fall into the 20s overnight, and there is a chance that we'll see temperatures below 28 degrees for three or more hours, the weather service says.
Such temperatures can damage plants that are newly budded as a result of the prematurely warm weather since March. According to the Gardening Know How web site, you can protect plants from a light freeze by covering them with a sheet or blanket, which acts as insulation. The site says you can create additional protecting by placing a plastic sheet over the sheet or blanket, but warns never to place a plastic sheet directly on the plants. It also recommends removing the covering first thing in the morning.
For the most current weather information, check the weather page at AnnArbor.com.