Mother Nature is a little behind schedule when it comes to bringing cold weather to West Central Illinois.
National Weather Service meteorologists say some areas north of Jacksonville have already seen a little frost. Typically, the first frost would have hit Jacksonville by now, but frosty conditions are on the way this weekend.
That means young plants are at risk. They need to be covered or moved indoors. For more mature plants, like any crops left in fields, National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Miller says a bigger risk is coming next week.
“Next week looks pretty chilly. In fact, we may get that first hard freeze with temperatures in the 20s the middle to latter part of next week. Some of our projections are indicating that we’re going to head into a much colder pattern,” Miller says.
Cold weather plays an important role. Deep wintertime freezes kill off pests that harm plants and crops.