NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A freeze warning is in effect for much of Middle Tennessee overnight Monday and Tuesday as temperatures both nights are expected to dip into the low 30s in Nashville. Outlying areas could see lows in the 20s.
Monday's high temperature hovered around 40 degrees, some 30 degrees colder than Sunday's high of 74.
On and off rain showers mixed with snow by afternoon and flurries are again in the forecast for Tuesday morning.
Highs Tuesday are expected in the 40s.
Local nursery owner Mike Flowers said this freeze will be nothing like in April 2007, when temperatures fell into the teens and remained there for several days.
The cold temperatures not only killed sensitive plants, but trees and shrubs as well.
Flowers said this cold snap further illustrates why Tennesseans should wait until at least the second or third week in April to plant.
In fact, his nursery, Flowers Nursery in Bordeaux, doesn't even open until mid-April.
Flowers said warmer temperatures forecasted later in the week will help turn things around after the cold snap and flowers and blooms may be the only thing lost.
However, if you cover your plants, Flowers suggests using a sheet or some type of cloth. He said if you use plastic, be sure the plastic isn't touching the plant.
The freeze cumulates a week of wild weather in Middle Tennessee.
On Thursday, severe storms slammed the region, producing at least one tornado. By the weekend, it was dry and sunny.
The weather rollercoaster took another dip Sunday afternoon.
A day that started with sunshine and temperatures in the 70s turned wet and windy by nightfall, with several counties in Tennessee and Kentucky under a tornado watch until 12 Midnight.
The freezing temperatures won't last long.
By Wednesday in Nashville, high temperatures will once again reach into the 60s with sunshine.
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