A light freeze is forecast for the Concho Valley that will go in to effect late Friday night and early Saturday morning, October 28. Durations of freezing temperatures should be rather short lived Saturday morning, lasting only around one to three hours. Between 5:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. low temperatures are expected in the upper 20s to low 30s, with the coldest temperatures happening near sunrise, and then will rise to a projected high of near 60 degrees.
Precautions to protect people, plants, and pets are recommended. Checking on the elderly to ensure heaters are in good, proper working order is advised.
Tender, delicate flowering blooms and vegetation that can be brought inside a warmer building will be a good safety tip to guard against freezing conditions. If not possible, then covering the plants with a light, delicate bag for the overnight hours will help insulate plants and mitigate damage. When doing so, lightly tie the bag near the base of the plant or flower, loosely covering the sensitive, exposed areas of the plant. The thicker the bag, the better the insulation. It’d be best to cover the plants late Friday afternoon, to allow a bit of greenhouse heating on the inner side of the bag to warm-up the plants a bit, before the cooling overnight occurs.
In addition to the freezing temperatures expected on Saturday morning, a wind advisory will go in to effect tonight at 7:00 p.m. and last through early Friday morning. North winds of 25 to 35 mph and gusty will be common during this time frame. These winds can make driving difficult on east-west oriented roads, especially on higher profile vehicles such as tractor trailers and large trucks, as these cross winds can push vehicles across traveling lanes.
Bringing pets and livestock either inside, or in to a closed, climate-controlled barn, will help ensure their comfort from the harmful temperatures on Saturday morning. The forecast chilling effect from the wind shows a northerly breeze of 10-15 mph Friday evening, subsiding down to around 3-5 mph from the west-northwest early Saturday morning.