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April 8, 2014

Gardeners, get ready to start your tillers as the chance for last freeze approaches

Good news for gardeners: The median date for the last freeze in the Kansas City area is between April 11 and 20, according to the Midwestern Regional Climate Center.

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The median last freeze date is fast approaching. But while warmer days are coming, the National Weather Service in Kansas City warns on its Facebook page that “we’re not out of the woods yet.”

For most of the cities in the Kansas City area, the median date of the last freeze falls between April 11 and April 20, based on temperatures from 1981 to 2010. In Kansas City, the date is April 11. For Kirksville and Sedalia in Missouri, it’s April 20, according to the Midwestern Regional Climate Center.

For more cities and a look at the average last freeze dates over a longer period, go to

www.crh.noaa.gov/eax/?n=avgfreeze

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It’s going to feel like spring the rest of the week. Highs will reach the upper 60s or low 70s Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Even then, the National Weather Service warns that anyone who plants should do so with caution.

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