Freezing weather a concern for gardeners, farmers

Monday, April 6, 2009 | 10:35 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD — Gardeners and farmers in Missouri are worried about spring plantings as forecasters warn that temperatures will fall below freezing and stay there for several hours on Monday.

The National Weather Service issued freeze warnings for Monday and Tuesday in a wide area of Missouri, including Boone County. Some readings Tuesday morning could reach 20 degrees in southwest Missouri and the Kansas City area, while 30-degree lows are predicted for the St. Louis region. Columbia's forecast shows a slight chance of snow Monday, with a low of 26 degrees, according to the weather service. Tuesday is expected to be mostly sunny with a low of 33 degrees.

A freeze warning means subfreezing temperatures are expected to last for several hours, and those conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

Columbia's temperatures are expected to warm up Wednesday through the end of the week, though Thursday shows a chance of showers.

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