Freeze Warning: Northern Colorado Wakes Up Cold As Ice Tomorrow
A couple of weeks later than expected, but the first freeze of the 2023-2024 winter months has arrived. Tonight, Northern Colorado - and much of the rest of the eastern portion of the state - is officially under a freeze warning.
FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 9 AM MDT SATURDAY...
* WHAT...Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 25 expected.
* WHERE...Portions of north central and northeast Colorado including Denver, Boulder, Sterling, Julesburg, Akron.
* WHEN...From midnight tonight to 9 AM MDT Saturday.
* IMPACTS...Frost and freeze conditions could kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold.
By the way, if you're wondering why they've issued a freeze warning for tonight and therefore wonder why they don't issue a freeze warning pretty much every night throughout the entire winter, there's a very logical explanation for that.
For starters, you expect it to be below freezing in December, January, February, etc. It's winter. You're prepared for it.
But for the first freeze of the season - when people likely still have plants and pets outside enjoying what's been late summer-like weather - they issue a warning to let people know of the major shift in overnight temps, specifically the agricultural community.
From the National Weather Service:
A Freeze Warning is issued when significant, widespread freezing temperatures are expected.
A Freeze Warning is issued in the autumn until the end of the growing season (marked by the occurrence of first widespread freeze). The normal end of the growing season is mid to late October west of the Blue Ridge and early November east of the Blue Ridge. However, during anomalously warm autumns, the growing season may be extended past the normal end of the growing season.
A Freeze Warning is issued in the spring at the start of the growing season (when it is late enough to cause damage to new plants and crops).
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