Weather Facts: Freezes

Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring and lately it's been like it around Central Texas. Zack Shields takes a look at how much longer we can expect a freeze threat.

So far we've only had a hand full of freezes in Austin and about a dozen outside of the city limits.

In Austin, the average last freeze occurs during the last week of February. Everybody else experiences the last one in March especially in the Hill Country.

The latest freeze ever for Austin happened way back in 1914 on April 9th and for the rest of the area and April freeze occurred decades ago.

Looking back the last two years the last freeze happened early in March. But in 2013 we didn't get another freeze after January and years before that we were in a freeze zone through the second week of February.

The Climate Prediction Center also keeps the area cooler than average this month.

Zack recommends holding off on the planting of flowers and garden. The winter chill will make a comeback as several waves of cold air is expected to come in from Canada over the next few weeks.

If you don't believe the computers or experts, you can always get help from nature. If the mesquite tree starts to bloom or bud the freezes are over.

If you have a weather question feel free to email Zack at weather@fox7.com or find him on Facebook or Twitter.

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