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Freeze warnings in effect tonight

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - The calendar may say April but it looks and feels more like winter.  And tonight we have a freeze warning for parts of the Miami Valley. 

The freeze warning is in effect for Montgomery, Preble, Greene, Butler, Warren and Clinton counties at 10 p.m. until Tuesday at 10 a.m. 

The 70s this weekend and even 80 we saw on Friday allowed for some of the trees to bud and for the growing season to officially begin in parts of the Miami Valley. So if you have sensitive vegetation it's a good idea to cover it up. 

Freeze warnings go into effect later tonight and continue until 10 am Tuesday for the central and southern sections of the Miami Valley. 

Temperatures are officially taken about five feet above the ground - so temperatures at the surface, may actually be a few degrees cooler. While the temperature at the observation station may say 37 it may actually be 32 on the ground. 

March 13, 1945 is the earliest we recorded a 32 degree temperature and didn't see one for the rest of the growing season. But it has dropped to 32 degrees as late as May 21st back in 1907. 

The average last date we see 32 degrees in Dayton is on April 19th - so seeing a freeze warning now isn't all that uncommon. 

There's a 90 percent probability that the last freezing temperature occurs on May 3rd. 

While temperatures climb this week we're still not out of the woods yet for freezing temperatures.  Many garden centers recommend waiting to plant until after Mother's day. 


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