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Posted on Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 9:09 a.m.

Freeze watch issued for Thursday night through Friday morning in Ann Arbor area

By Staff

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


Bertha Venation

Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 4:42 p.m.

Can I use a paper bag to cover my plants instead of a sheet and plastic?

Bertha Venation

Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 7:40 p.m.

@girlnextdoor. Thank you! I've just got some daffodils close to the house.


Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 6:08 p.m.

Yes, you could use paper bags, or newspaper (haha...if available), but old sheets work the best for covering large flower beds, IMO. Burlap, too-never plastic bags.


Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 4:11 p.m.

Is it just me or did the warm weather spell spoil anyone else ?

Karen Yamada

Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 5:20 p.m.



Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 3:17 p.m.

The last weekend of March turned into Purdue of the calendar. We had a beautiful spring going, and then the end of March - wrecking the whole thing, and it doesn't look like much better is on the way.


Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 1:27 p.m.

And get ready for more next week...


Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 1:22 p.m.

"there is a chance that we'll see temperatures below 28 degrees for three or more house" My house?? I hope not! ;-)