Welcome to Fall, let's kick it off with the season's first Frost Advisory, shall we?

The National Weather Service Quad Cities has issued a Frost Advisory from midnight Tuesday-8:00 a.m. on Wednesday for the counties of:

  • Buchanan
  • Delaware
  • Dubuque
  • Benton
  • Linn
  • Jones
  • Jackson
  • Iowa
  • Johnson
  • Cedar
  • Clinton
  • Muscatine
  • Scott
  • Keokuk
  • Washington
  • Louisa
  • Jefferson
  • Henry, IA
  • Des Moines
  • Van Buren
  • Lee
  • Jo Davies
  • Stephenson
  • Carroll
  • Whiteside
  • Rock Island
  • Henry, IL
  • Bureau
  • Putnam
  • Mercer
  • Henderson
  • Warren
  • Hancock
  • McDonough
  • Scotland
  • Clark

Make sure you cover your plants before you go to bed tonight and take care of your outside animals. Temperatures are expected to get down as low as 33 degrees tonight, making frost possible. Also, remember to leave extra time in the morning to let your car (and you) warm up before you drive it. You know how this works.

After 8:00 a.m., Wednesday is expected to be sunny with a high of 61 and a low of 38.

This is the season's first Frost Advisory after fall began last week. If you are trying to figure out what you can plant this season, we have some tips on flowers that can survive an Iowa winter. The Farmer's Almanac for Iowa has us in the 'hibernation zone' this winter with air temps as low as 40 below zero so hopefully, we won't get to that point. You definitely won't see me out and about if we do. If you haven't gotten your sweatshirts and sweaters out for the season, you might want to start that project now.

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