Gardeners and farmers should cover their tender plants tonight to protect them from frost damage.
The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for early Monday that affects Southwestern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia.
The freeze warning will run from 1 to 9 a.m. Monday.
The area covered by the advisory extends from just south of Cleveland and Meadville to Fairmont and Morgantown, W.Va.
The warning means below-freezing temperatures are highly likely and would be low enough to kill or damage unprotected outdoor plants.
The weather service has placed an even larger area, taking in most of Ohio, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania, under a freeze watch. That means that sub-freezing temperatures are possible and could kill sensitive vegetation. The watch will be in effect Monday night through Tuesday morning.
The weather service forecast says patchy frost Monday morning will be followed by partly sunny skies and isolated rain showers. Highs will be in the low 50s.
More information is available at the weather service website, www.erh.noaa.gov/pbz/.
Len Barcousky: firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-772-0184.