Hard freeze overlaps Great Lakes

Michigan’s state climatologist says the state is not alone in experiencing hard freeze conditions this week.

“Much of the Upper Midwest had some freezing temperatures, it was even colder to some portions to our west.”

Jeff Andresen with Michigan State University says an arctic air mass across the Midwest brought low 20s, snow, and even teens to some regions.

“You’ll probably want to do some scouting, there likely has been some frost and cold injury to a number of crops,” he says.

Nearly 80 percent of Michigan is still experiencing some form of dry conditions but Andresen a chance of rain is possible over the weekend followed by a rapid warm up next week.

“Really warm, dry, and very, very summer-like for next week so hopefully you can take advantage of that,” he shares.

Following that system, he says rain is possible across the Upper Midwest by the middle of next week.

Andresen made his comments during this week’s MSUE Field Crops Virtual Breakfast.

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