Cover your plants: the last freeze of the season is tonight

A freeze warning has been issued for much of eastern and central North Dakota, northwest Minnesota and northeast South Dakota for Thursday night and early Friday morning, May 27 and 28.

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Frost coats the landscape of western North Dakota in this morning scene taken by Jason Laumb during one of his days afield in a quest to fill his once-in-a-lifetime cow elk tag. Laumb's hunt ended in success the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 31, the final day of season. (Photo courtesy of Jason Laumb)

A freeze warning has been issued for much of eastern North Dakota, including Grand Forks County.

According to the National Weather Service, sub-freezing temperatures as low as 25 degrees are possible in the region from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. Friday morning, May 28. Any temperature-sensitive plants should be covered or brought inside. The frost is expected to kill any crops and plants that are left outside.

Late-season freezes don't happen every year, but are not unheard of, StormTracker meteorologist Andrew Whitmyer told the Herald this week -- the region's average date of the final frost of the year is May 24.

Looking forward to the holiday weekend, showers are in the forecast and Memorial Day is expected to be quiet and warm.

Saturday is expected to have high temperatures in the 60 to 70 range, with nighttime lows ranging from 45 to 50. Sunday's high temperature is forecast in the 65 to 70 range, with lows of 40 to 50. Monday is expected to reach a high temperature between 72 and 76.

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