WEST MICHIGAN — As a dry, canadian air mass swings in from the north tonight with high pressure, lake-effect clouds will decrease and the wind will calm down. Those conditions along with the coldest air mass of the season will send temperatures down towards the freezing mark.
Even though the growing season is coming to an end, if you still have something you want to keep alive, bring it inside or cover it up before going to bed.
The Frost Advisory, where temperatures will range from 32° to 36°, is for Newaygo, Kent, Allegan, Van Buren and Kalamazoo Counties. The Freeze Warning, where temperatures will range from 28° to 32°, is for Mecosta, Montcalm, Ionia, Barry, Eaton and Calhoun Counties.
Both the Advisory and Warning go into effect from 2 A.M. to 9 A.M. Friday morning. Once 9 A.M. rolls around Friday morning, you can uncover the plants. It is possible that we have another frost or potential freeze Friday night into Saturday morning.
Reminder, if you live along Lake Michigan or about 10 miles away from the lake, you will not see temperatures cold enough to do damage to vegetation because of stronger winds and lake-effect clouds.
There will likely not be frost or a freeze Saturday night because of cloudier skies and a southerly wind bringing in milder air.
If you are planning on covering your plants, it is recommended that you use something like a bed sheet, towels or any cloth-like fabric. It is also recommended that you anchor it to the ground to create a tent for your plants.