Frost advisory issued; May remains March-like

Trevor Jackson
May 9, 2017

The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory from 2 a.m.to 9 a.m. Tuesday for Fauquier, Loudoun and western Montgomery and Howard counties, and locations to the north and west.

Temperatures are forecasted to drop to around 30 degrees in both Chautauqua and southern Erie counties, which can damage tender vegetation and outdoor plants.

The freeze advisory is mainly for areas away from the lakeshore in Chautauqua County, at higher elevations.

Temperatures should slowly rise through the week, probably reaching the upper 40s on Monday, then reach the low 50s on Tuesday, the upper 50s by midweek and possibly touch 60 by the end of the week, Mitchell said. Also, potted plants normally left outdoors should be covered or brought inside, away from the cold.

Clouds, a slight breeze, urbanization or proximity to water protect many areas from a frost.

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Meteorologist Erik Zarnitz said patchy frost is likely.

A frost advisory is issued when frost is expected during the growing season.

Afternoon highs will stay unseasonably cool in the mid-Atlantic despite appearances of the strong May sun. The weather service says temperatures are expected to dip into the lower 30s in much of the state.

The average date of the last freeze at Dulles is around April 20.

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