Don’t stuff those coats and hats too deep into the closet as old man winter hasn’t exactly made his leave just yet.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis have issued a freeze warning for Knox County through 11 a.m. Friday as temperatures here are expected to plummet throughout the day today.

“It’s not exactly a return of winter, but it is going to get just a little cold,” said Jason Puma, a meteorologist with the NWS, with a knowing chuckle.

And it will get cold, indeed.

Rains late Tuesday ushered in a cold front, Puma explained, one that brought with it winds and unseasonably cold air from the north.

Temperatures will fall throughout the day today, he said, with lows dropping overnight to just 28 degrees. The high today will reach only into the low 50s.

Thursday will bring highs in the upper 40s and, overnight, an even colder low of 24 degrees.

With growing season already underway in southwestern Indiana, the NWS issued the freezing warning to make sure people are aware of the plummeting temperatures and the dangers posed to anything already growing or in bloom.

“Crops in the fields, things that have bloomed, anything that is starting to green up, if you have anything like that that will be harmed by cold temperatures, you’re going to want to take measures to protect them,” Puma said.

Such measures would include bringing potted plants indoors or covering anything outside or in your landscaping with a sheet or cloth covering.

Fortunately, however, the cold won’t stick around for very long, Puma said.

Temperatures will begin increasing quickly again on Friday as a high pressure system moving in will bring with it more warm and southerly winds.

Saturday’s high will be a very seasonable 64 degrees while Easter Sunday is expected to be a very warm 71 degrees with mostly sunny skies.

“Then you’ll be seeing temperatures actually above normal,” Puma said.

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