Cover your perennial flowers this weekend, snow coming Monday

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Cover your perennial flowers this weekend, snow coming Monday

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Perennial flowers could be at risk this weekend with colder temperatures expected.

This weekend’s low temperatures will mean gardeners will want to cover perennial flowers.

Temperatures will be in the teens early Saturday, bringing a cold burst of weather to what has been a relatively warm winter, said StormCenter 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.

“It’s been basically a month since we’ve had temperatures this cold,” Vrydaghs said. “I know a lot of people might have plans this weekend. Some people may have their perennials coming up, and they might want to think about covering up those plants to protect them from this harsh, cold weather.”

The National Weather Service also recommends bringing plants inside, if possible.

“Due to the unseasonably warm temperatures of the past several weeks, some vegetation may already be vulnerable to these cold temperatures,” the service said in a statement. “Protect sensitive plants by bringing them indoors if possible. Those with agricultural interests are advised to protect tender vegetation.”

Clouds will increase through the day Saturday with the slight chance of a passing flurry, mainly south. Temperatures once again will stay below normal with highs in the lower 30s. The cold will return again Saturday night with lows back down in the teens, Vrydaghs said.

High pressure arrives Sunday, bringing mostly sunny skies back to the region. But Vrydaghs said this sunshine will not help to warm us though, as highs only reach into the lower 30s after a cold start in the teens.

Clouds increase Monday as an Alberta Clipper approaches from the northwest. This will bring the chance of scattered snow showers to the area, Vrydaghs said. Some rain may mix in from the south as temperatures climb into the middle 30s by the afternoon.

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