An unprecedented event for April is shaping up in the weather this weekend…record cold temperatures with the possibility (I hope you’re sitting down for this) of a few snowflakes mixed in with the rain. It’s probably at this point that you’re looking at your calendar to check for two things: Is it really April, the time of year when our temperatures should be in the upper 70s? Isn’t April fool’s day over? The answer to both these questions is yes; it really is April and, of course, we would never joke about the possibility of snow.
So what’s going on?! Well, first off we have a powerful cold front heading out way, which will certainly bring very cold temperatures to the entire area through Sunday. In fact, if we only make it to our forecast high of 46 on Saturday, it will be the coldest afternoon high temperature ever recorded on April 7th for Bryan / College Station. In addition to the cold temperatures we also have two weak storm systems that will move overhead Saturday. The first will create a cold rain throughout the first half of Saturday, but we should be rain free by midday Saturday. The second round of rain will come in late Saturday and it’s at this time that the air temperatures may be just cold enough to produce a few snow flakes! The best potential for a rain/snow mix will occur from 6 p.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Sunday. Warmer air will move overhead by midmorning Sunday which will end the chance for any frozen precipitation.
Although there is the chance for a few flakes of snow, the wintry precipitation will not impact travel and no accumulation is expected. However, precautions should be taken to protect temperature sensitive plants and animals over the next few days. Your plants will become most vulnerable Sunday night into Monday morning as clearing skies and light winds will promote near freezing temperatures in many of the outlying areas.
Dr. Doug, our weekend gardener, recommends residents take the time to cover their vegetable gardens to protect them from the cold. Other plants should be okay, but it’s the sensitive vegetable gardens that will be most susceptible to damage from the cold this weekend. Remember to remove any covering once temperatures begin to warm Monday morning. In addition, since the water coming out of your hose is a warm 60-70 degrees, Dr. Doug recommends you take a few moments to water your plants once they are uncovered.
Just remember, our weather will become hot and humid very soon, so try to enjoy this last blast from Old Man Winter.
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