TONIGHT: Increasing clouds and cold. High: 16. Winds: SSE 5-10 mph.
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, windy and warmer. High: 44. Winds: South 10-15 mph, gusting to 30 mph.
First Frost Headed for Springfield
Mother Nature is just a little late this year. Typically, the first frost would have hit Springfield by now. But chilly weather is headed to the Springfield area this weekend.
The first frost is really a sign for farmers and gardeners. It means, get ready, because cold weather is almost here.
Meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Lincoln say some areas in central Illinois have already seen some frost. Typically, this would first happen early to mid-October.
That means any young plants are at risk. They need to be covered or moved indoors. For more mature plants, like any crops left in fields, a bigger risk is coming the following week.
"Next week looks pretty chilly. In fact, we may get that first hard freeze with temperatures in the 20s the middle to latter part of next week. Some of our projections are indicating that we're going to head into a much colder pattern," National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Miller said.
Cold weather plays an important role. Deep wintertime freezes kill off pests that harm plants and crops. But when you see the first signs of frost in your lawn, remember, cold weather is on the way.