We’ll always have last week. The balmy, unseasonably warm weather was a fleeting tease for winter-haters across the area. For one glorious week, it felt like late May. But just like that, reality has stormed back into the picture.
Most of eastern and south-central Massachusetts is under a freeze warning or frost advisory issued by the National Weather Service. In other words, it’s time to take your plants inside.
If you live in Suffolk, Dukes, Barnstable, eastern Essex, eastern Norfolk, and eastern Plymouth counties, you’re under a frost advisory until 9 a.m. Monday morning. There’s a good chance frost will develop overnight, which could threaten any plants still outside.
There’s a freeze advisory in effect for central Middlesex, eastern Hampden, eastern Hampshire, northern Bristol, southeast Middlesex, southern Bristol, southern Plymouth, southern Worcester, western Essex, western Hampden, western Norfolk, and western Plymouth counties. Expect freezing temperatures overnight, which will almost certainly kill any plants left outside.
If you feel like you have weather whiplash, you aren’t alone. Tuesday’s high temperature hit 78 degrees, and the Wednesday high was 81 degrees, according to Weather Underground. The low temperature on Wednesday was 61 degrees. Sunday’s projected high temperature was 57 degrees.
But the sudden cold isn’t the worst of our forecast. David Epstein goes into detail about next week’s long-duration storm, which is poised to soak the region from Tuesday to Friday.