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First fall freeze-up expected tonight

Willmar - The first serious cold snap of the season is expected early Saturday morning when temperatures across west central Minnesota dip below 32 degrees.

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The National Weather Service in Chanhassen has issued a freeze warning for early Saturday morning.

Willmar – The first serious cold snap of the season is expected early Saturday morning when temperatures across west central Minnesota dip below 32 degrees.

The National Weather Service issued a freeze warning for much of the region, indicating that sub-freezing temperatures are “imminent” or “highly likely.”

The warning begins at 3 a.m. and last until 9 a.m.

The low temperature is expected to be around 30 degrees, which is cold enough to kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

Chris O’Brien, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, said getting this cold the end of September isn’t all that unusual.

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“People are saying it’s too early. It shouldn’t be happening at this time,” he said. “But it’s about average. It’s right on time.”

After the one-day freeze, temperatures are expected to rebound to the mid-50s and 60s this weekend and next week.

Gardeners hoping to preserve their flowers or vegetables a little longer should take care to bring potted plants inside and cover row crops like tomatoes and peppers with blankets.

The freeze will also increase fall tree colors.

For up-to-date reports to track peak fall colors go to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website: www.dnr.state.mn.us/fall_colors

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Carolyn Lange is a features writer at the West Central Tribune. She can be reached at clange@wctrib.com or 320-894-9750
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