Freeze Warning issued for parts of western Massachusetts

Temperatures expected to be in the 30’s Tuesday morning

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning for Hampden, Hampshire, and Berkshire counties Tuesday morning.

If you’re heading to work in the morning, you may want to get outside early to warm up your car. This is the first morning you may notice frost on your windshields.

A freeze warning means there are widespread freezing temperatures, which is exactly what we’re dealing with Tuesday morning.

Temperatures are in the 30s in most parts of western Massachusetts. In some parts, it may be even colder than that.

If you didn’t cover your crops or flowers overnight, it could be too late to save them. Any plants that are sensitive to frost should be brought inside when a freeze warning is in effect. If you can’t bring you plants inside, you can still protect them by placing a tarp over them.

For future cold nights, you’ll also want to keep in mind that watering your plants prior to a frost can help insulate them.

Certain plants can handle these cold temperatures better than others. If you have Mums and pumpkins outside, those could still be ok. Tuesday morning’s frost could be considered a killing frost.  A killing frost marks the end of growing season.

The warning is in effect for Hampden and Hampshire County from 2:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., while the warning is in effect for Berkshire County from Midnight to 9:00 a.m.

Make sure to follow the 22News Storm Team for the latest temperatures and weather conditions.