COLUMBIA — Columbia is expected to have a frosty morning Wednesday.
The National Weather Service in St. Louis has issued a freeze warning in effect from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. in central and eastern Missouri, along with part of Illinois.
The low Tuesday night is expected to be around 32 degrees. Columbia is expected to see patchy frost after 3 a.m. Wednesday, and it is expected to last until 8 a.m., according to the forecast.
The chilling weather comes back after a record-breaking warm March with an average temperature of 59.7 degrees — the highest since 1946.
The weather service warns that because the growing season started earlier this year, the sharply dropping temperatures might damage and kill sensitive plants. The weather service advises farmers to protect tender vegetation.
People who grow potted plants should cover them or bring them inside away from cold, according to the warning.