NWS: Expect Rare May 'Killing Freeze' Friday Night

NWS: Expect Rare May ‘Killing Freeze’ Friday Night

A Freeze Watch is in effect for Kane County from late Friday night to Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service Chicago.

  • WHAT: Sub-freezing temperatures in the upper 20s.
  • WHERE: Portions of northwest Indiana and central, east central, north central and northeast Illinois.
  • WHEN: From late Friday night through Saturday morning.
  • 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. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes 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.

The NWS said Thursday that an unseasonably cold air mass along with mostly clear skies and light winds is expected to result in the rare May freeze.

“With the growing season well under way, this has the potential to be a damaging event for unprotected plants and flowers,” the NWS Chicago said on its “weatherstory” page. “Stay tuned for the latest forecast updates.”

SOURCE: National Weather Service Chicago