It's not what strawberry growers and peach tree owners want to hear, but the National Weather Service has a Triangle-wide freeze watch posted for Wednesday morning.
From late Tuesday through sunrise Wednesday, thermometers could be reading between 27 degrees and 32 degrees. A watch is what the weather service posts when conditions are possible, but less than certain.
“Temperatures below freezing for several hours’ time would threaten to damage or kill early season crops such as strawberries and peaches if left unprotected,” forecasters said Monday morning.
They said the coldest of the cold is likely between 5 a.m. and dawn Wednesday.
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Tuesday morning’s low was forecast to be in the upper 30s, and the day’s high was being pegged in the upper 40s. The normal low for Wednesday’s date is 45 degrees.
The force behind the chill is a cold front that was moving in from the northwest.
Winds ahead of that front will come from the southwest, bringing warm air and a Monday high in the low 70s.
The front was forecast to pass through Monday evening, with a chance of showers, and then the wind will switch to the north and northwest and deliver the cold air.
The freezing temperatures were forecast only for Wednesday, however, with lows the rest of the week in the mid-40s to mid-50s and daytime high temperatures from the high 50s to the mid-60s.