Frost Likely Saturday Morning

Weather Update – 10:30 p.m. – Friday, May 8th

For the first time since 2013, many parts of West Tennessee will experience a frost in May. Tomorrow morning will feature record low temperatures just barely above freezing so protect your plants! Tomorrow will also be the first time since 2013 that we’ll have had temperatures in the 30s in the month of May.


Here are some tips on how to cover your plants:

Covering plants can give you 2°F to 5°F of protection. The covers can be laid right over the crop, or can be supported on stakes. The difference being that protection is less wherever the cover touches the plant. Any material can be used to cover the plants, however woven fabrics are better insulators then plastics or paper. You can also use an overturned bucket to protect warm season crops like tomatoes, peppers, and egg plants. The best time to apply covers is in the late afternoon or evening after the wind has died down. Remove covers the next morning before the sun hits them. Make sure to take the buckets off the plants as well.

A frost advisory has been issued for several counties in West Tennessee for Saturday morning. Cover plants sensitive to cold weather as temperatures will drop to the middle 30s at the coldest point of the night. Clear skies and light winds are forecast overnight.


After a cold start to the day tomorrow, we’ll have sunny skies and light northeast winds. Temperatures will peak in only the lower 60s tomorrow afternoon – roughly 15°F below average for this time of the year! We’ll have a clear cold night again tomorrow night with overnight low temperatures in the upper 30s. Mother’s Day looks mostly sunny with temperatures gradually warming up throughout next week. There’s a slight chance for an isolated shower around midday in northwest Tennessee on Mother’s Day, but showers look more likely on Tuesday next week with thunderstorms returning during the second half of the workweek. Stay with WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News for the latest forecast and keep up with Storm Team Weather online too for more updates.

Tom Meiners
Storm Team 7 Chief Meteorologist, CBM
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