Weather conditions will produce another widespread frost and freeze in portions of the Mid Atlantic once again. Because of this, the National Weather Service has issued another round of Freeze Warnings and Frost Advisories.
A Freeze Warning is issued when a solid frost or freeze is likely with temperatures dipping into the 20’s. Such conditions will kill sensitive vegetation, kill crops, and could damage outdoor plumbing such as irrigation systems. When a Freeze Warning is issued, people should take immediate steps to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes, the National Weather Service says they should be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly; those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above-ground pipes to protect them from freezing.
A Frost Advisory is issued when frost is possible; under such an advisory, frost could kill sensitive outdoor vegetation if left uncovered.
A Freeze Watch is issued when sub-freezing temperatures in the low 30’s are possible. In this watch, it is possible that frost and freeze conditions could kill crops, harm other sensitive vegetation, and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.
Currently, Freeze Warnings are in effect for portions of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Frost Advisories are up for Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio.
The frost and freeze conditions have made for havoc for backyard gardeners and farmers alike. In New Jersey, freezing nights and the ongoing pandemic have been especially challenging for some farmers to deal with.