INDIANAPOLIS — The sun is finally out and it looks great across Central Indiana! But when the skies stay clear into the afternoon, and remain that way for the evening hours–that opens us up to colder weather in the evening and mornings when the sun sets.

Freeze warning Easter morning

A freeze warning is in effect for Indiana counties shaded in purple. This will be in place for Easter Sunday 2 a.m. to 10 a.m. where temperatures are expected to drop below 32 degrees–some in the upper 20s. Frost and freeze will kill crops, other sensitive vegetation, and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plubming.

Easter Sunday Freeze Warning

How to protect your crops and outdoor plumbing from frost and freeze

There are steps you can take ahead of sub-freezing temperatures to protect your sensitive crops and outdoor plumbing. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes, you can wrap, drain, or allow them to drip slowly.

If you have an in-ground sprinkler system, you should drain them and cover the above-ground pipes to protect them from freezing.

This is similar to the practices you should do in the winter time with your indoor pipes, the same way you slowly drip your bathroom faucet when there is extremely cold air moving in overnight.

Wind chill on Easter throughout the day:

Easter day planner

We’ll start off Easter Sunday with cooler temperatures in the 30s, then we head to highs in the low 50s. That’s more than 10 degrees below normal. When the breeze picks up it will feel 5-10 degrees colder at times with the wind chill values listed above!

Snow potential for Sunday night to Monday morning.

Here’s an hour-by-hour flip book of the snow chances coming up in the overnight hours Sunday night into Monday morning. This shows snow moving in as early as 3 a.m. and not exiting until 10 a.m. If it warms up a little bit Sunday morning, we could be dealing with a more rain event or wet snow. But as it stands now, it’s certainly possible we get early morning flurries to an inch of snow in localized spots.

Rain for the rest of Monday afternoon

The rest of Monday will feature scattered rain showers as temperatures start to warm up.

Looking ahead

The week starts off with well below normal temperatures in the 50s. We do have a fair shot of seeing our first 80-degree day this season, and that comes this Saturday.