‘Worrisome’ is the way MSU Extension Small Fruit Educator Mark Longstroth describes another arctic front due Wednesday night.
The cold snap, like the relative warmth that begins the week, won’t last. Nevertheless - zero on the 13th of March will break records if the forecast holds. Longstroth says the rollercoaster ride this week should set up what he calls minimum cold hardiness. This condition indicates plants can handle readings around zero to five-below if they’re not expecting mid-winter cold before growth starts. This week’s frigid morning comes after several days of relative warmth. That can be a complicating factor. The early January dive to minus double digits came after a long round of cold readings. He says that’s preferable to what we’re looking at in the days just ahead. However – Longstroth says we’ve had so many days of way-below normal readings that this week’s event probably won’t mean more damage in addition to what we’ve already had. So, it’ll be warm to frigid to warm again around the area… Get ready for some meteorological whiplash.