Chilly overnight temps threaten Michigan fruit crops

Associated Press

Traverse City — Chilly overnight temperatures in Michigan are threatening some fruit crops and sensitive outdoor plants at homes.

Temperatures dipped into the high 20s early Tuesday in the Traverse City area. The Traverse City Record-Eagle notes that fruit tree blossoms are safe above the freezing mark, but they can be jeopardized when the temperature dips too far below that level.

In Metro Detroit, temperatures fell to a low of 33 degrees Monday night, 14 degrees colder than normal for May 8, according to the National Weather Service's office in White Lake Township. The record for low temperatures on that date is 30 degrees, set in 1976. The average high this time of year in Metro Detroit is 67 degrees.

Mark Morrison at Morrison Farms in Williamsburg says he expects the cold spring weather will affect sweet cherries the most at the 100-acre apple and cherry orchard.

In southeastern Michigan and the state’s Thumb region, the National Weather Service issued an early Tuesday freeze warning. People were encouraged to cover cold-sensitive outdoor plants to protect them from possible damage.

Overnight temperatures are expected to be warmer later in the week.

Extended forecast for Metro Detroit

Tuesday: Sunny with a high near 60 degrees and a low around 40 degrees.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny with a high near 62 degrees and a low of 46 degrees.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 61 degrees, a low of 45 degrees and a chance of showers before 3 p.m.

Friday: Mostly sunny with a high near 65 degrees and a low of 48 degrees

Saturday: Partly sunny with a high near 63 degrees, a chance of showers after 9 a.m. and a low of 48 degrees.

Sunday: Partly sunny with a high near 64 degrees and a low of 47 degrees.