Clouds again warded off the freeze that has been in the forecast the past two nights but a local weather official said the area will freeze tonight.
Mark Bogner, forecaster for the Kansas University Weather Service, said this morning that the clouds that were expected to leave the area lingered and again trapped daytime heat, keeping the temperature above the freezing point.
Bogner said the cloud cover was part of a large storm system east of Kansas clouds that he again is predicting will be out of the area tonight, allowing a freeze to hit.
"We're on the far western edge of the storm system, but tonight the clouds should move on east of here," Bogner said. "I'm going to go out on a limb and say there will be a freeze tonight."
Wednesday night's low temperature was to have dropped to 27 degrees, but the clouds and the retained heat held the overnight low at 36 degrees.
Bogner is predicting tonight's low will fall to 28 degrees and for winds to be calm, which he said are prime ingredients for a freeze.
Temperatures are expected to rise into the mid-30s at night and the 50s and 60s during the day for the rest of the week, Bogner said.
Local horticulture experts are recommending that gardeners either cover their plants or take them indoors to protect them from a killing freeze.