First Alert Weather Day: Freeze Warnings expanded to include all of metro Richmond

Lows in the 30s threaten crops, fruit trees, and gardens Saturday and Sunday morning

First Alert Weather Day: Freeze Warnings expanded to include all of metro Richmond
Lows in the 30s possible (Source: nbc12)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - (This blog was first posted on May 1, we’ve updated it daily since then)

Saturday PM update: Freeze Warnings have been expanded to include a larger area of Central Virginia for Saturday night into Sunday morning. The Freeze Warnings now include the City of Richmond, Henrico County, Hanover County and Chesterfield County.

Temperatures in these locations will plunge into the low 30s and upper 20s in spots. That’s cold enough to cause damage to plants and crops.

Freeze Warnings have been expanded to include a larger part of Central Virginia.
Freeze Warnings have been expanded to include a larger part of Central Virginia. (Source: WWBT)

If you have a garden in full swing, please think now about how you can protect your crops!

In 1966, May 11 had a low of 32. That’s the record for the LATEST freeze in Richmond. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen this year. After a top 4 warmest winter and a top 4 warmest March, fruit trees and crops are off to an early start.

Here’s how to protect your crops:

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And here’s a great map from the National Weather Service in Wakefield, showing the Latest Freeze Dates for many sites in VA.

This map shows the latest freezes on record for many sites in VA
This map shows the latest freezes on record for many sites in VA (Source: Wakefield NWS)

from Larry Brown at the NWS:

"Sites shaded in blue have seen a May freeze since 2000, sites in light tan have seen a May freeze before but there has not been one since 2000, and lastly sites in green have no May freeze on record. At each site the top date listed is the latest on record while the bottom value is the most recent year that recorded a May freeze (at sites with no May freeze on record the bottom date listed is the latest freeze on record since 2000).

We only included sites that have at least a 50 year period of record. The only exception to this rule was Wakefield at the office where the period of record is only about 30 years"

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