Get set for a beautiful day today! Is it safe to plant flowers & crops?

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Good morning! Here is what you need to know before you go.

There is a blanket of cloud cover our area. Some of the cloud cover is thick, especially across the southern Finger Lakes region and southern tier. Elsewhere, the cloud cover is thinner. It is possible that a pretty sunrise could occur where the clouds are thin enough. The sun rises this morning at 5:39 AM. However, start watching beforehand for pretty colors in the sky. If you do see a pretty sunrise, post your pictures or videos here on Burst! Perhaps we will show your pictures or videos on our newscasts and online!

Temperatures will mainly be in the middle 50s for most of central New York at sunrise. Numbers will rise into the upper 60s to near 70 by the end of the morning.

I am expecting a beautiful afternoon with sunshine mixing with some clouds. Expect above average high temperatures mid to late this afternoon. Syracuse and lower elevations should get into the middle 70s. Higher elevations should hit the lower 70s. The immediate Lake Ontario shoreline communities will be noticeably cooler with a northerly wind. Temperatures there will be in the upper 50s to lower 60s. The North Country will reach high temperatures in the middle 60.

We have had mainly above average temperatures so far for much of this month. With another enjoyable and warm afternoon, is it safe to plant flowers and crops yet?

I have attached a video forecast showing you a map of the average last date of a frost across our entire area. This video also includes your forecast for today and the next 7 days.

By watching that video, you will see a map that shows that most spots have passed the date of the average last date of frost. However, the Adirondacks, the Tug Hill Plateau, and higher hills south and southeast of Onondaga county still have NOT reached that date. So, the coldest countryside still sees a frost on average. Keep in mind that the record low for places like Syracuse and other spots even passed the average last day of frost is still around 32 degrees. So, while frost is not likely anymore, it is not unusual to still have one day where you may need to cover your plants and flowers.

As always, if a frost advisory or a freeze warning is issued for gardeners and agricultural interests anywhere across central New York going forward, we will let you know. As of right now, the threat for frost for most of CNY is extremely low for the next 7 nights and early mornings.

an hour-by-hour progression of today’s weather place-by-place across central New York plus your 7 day forecast.

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