Moms waking up to a warm welcome from their families on Mother's Day will get a chilly reception if they step outside.
Temperatures overnight are expected to drop to 40 and will dip further still Monday and Tuesday into the lower 30s, with frost expected, according to the National Weather Service.
The highs for the next few days don't look much better, courtesy of a strong low-pressure system coming out of the Midwest, meteorologist Lee Hendricks said today from the weather service's station in Moon.
Highs today will reach the upper 50s and the mid-50s tomorrow.
That compares to a normal high of 70 to 71 degrees for this time of year. The average low temperatures for the next five days are 48 to 49 degrees.
Local gardening experts suggested covering overnight any plants with new growth for at least the next several days.
Homeowners can use newspaper, thin sheets or commercial frost cloth available at nurseries, although the cover material should be very light so as not to crush the plants.
It is recommended that annuals and hanging baskets be brought inside the house if possible or at least onto a covered porch or into a garage.
"Welcome to spring," Mr. Hendricks said.
Warmer weather is on the horizon, with temperatures steadily climbing as the week goes by.
Tuesday's high should reach the lower 60s. Wednesday's should hit the mid-70s. And by Thursday shorts and a T-shirt will be required: Mr. Hendricks said the forecast calls for a high in the lower 80s.
"If you don't like the weather," he said, "hang around for a little while."