Another freezing night for the Grand Valley

By: james Hopkins Email
By: james Hopkins Email

Another spring storm has many people around the Grand Valley scrambling to prepare for a frigid night.

Over the past month we've seen a scattering of above normal temperatures, which has a lot of people itching for summer to begin so they can start landscaping. "It's been a really big spring for us, especially last weekend," says Manuel Tavarez of Sutherlands.
This mad rush for plants has many retailers ordering more just to keep up. "We carry more plants than we have for the past couple years," says Tavarez

Once again, the Grand Valley was fooled by Mother Nature. Daytime highs reached 80 degrees on Wednesday, but then came the wind, pushing out the warm air and bringing us another freeze warning. "Our average freeze date is 22nd of April," says Matthew Aleksa of the National Weather Service. Temperatures are forecasted to drop below freezing, which while very rare for this time of year, it's still not a seasonal record. "May 15th, 1916 in which we dropped to 32 degrees so that's the record for the latest freeze," says Aleksa. But it could be an overnight record. "The record for the overnight low is 33 degrees which was set back in 1999," says Aleksa.

Experts suggest if you've already planted, cover the more sensitive flowers with plastic to protect them from the cold. "Anything with a soft leaf on it, that's what you really need to be careful with," says Tavarez. You can build a "tent" out of the plastic but make sure to give the plants room to breathe. "The main thing is to not let the plastic touch the plants," says Tavarez. Bring any potted or hanging plants inside and don't forget about sensitive trees. "The fruit trees are what you really need to be concerned about," says Tavarez. So do what the pro's do and spray them down with water to trap in the heat.

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