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Pollen flying early due to springlike January temperatures

Pollen covering the roof of a car in Biloxi Pollen covering the roof of a car in Biloxi
January's temperatures have been much warmer than normal overall. January's temperatures have been much warmer than normal overall.
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

If you park outside, you may have noticed some pollen beginning to collect on car in recent days. Abnormally warm January temperatures have done a number on area plants, causing some to begin pollinating far too early.

Much of January brought afternoon temperatures in the mid to even upper 70s which is more typical of March and April than January.

"It's not too often you see pollen covering things in the middle of winter season," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "Typically, it's not until spring season when plant and pollen activity get going."

"The tricky part about increased plant activity in the dead of winter is that freezing temperatures may still strike later in the season, possibly harming these active plants," Williams continued.

Plants that are pollinating early are not necessarily susceptible to damage from harshly cold temperatures. It would mainly be plants that have managed to blossom early that would be at greatest risk to be harmed by a winter freeze.

"Even though most of January has been warmer than normal for South Mississippi, the month is expected to close out cooler with temperatures much closer to normal for this time of year," said Williams.

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