Average First Freeze Dates of the Season are Coming Soon

It did get a bit chilly to start off the month of October, however things will gradually warm up once again. A ridge of high pressure will engulf much of the Eastern US and will bring above normal temperatures. There will be some cold fronts that move through and make us chilly temporarily, but any pronounced cold is still not in sight. Way up North, they already had their first freezes and frosts with the recently chilly airmass that pushed it’s way in.

For us here in the South, the first freeze dates may have to be pushed back a week or two, given that we will be in a warm spell for quite some time. Anywhere along the coastal plain to the midlands will likely not see their first freeze until after November 15th. As we work are way further inland, first freezes across the Piedmont typically happen around Nov 15th. Further to the west in the foothills, around the 1st or Halloween. In the mountains, due to their elevation, first freezes are sooner, around Oct 15th.

For the rest of the country, the average first freeze dates are pictured below.

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Author: Michael Griffith

I have had a passion for the weather since a very young age and am a degreed meteorologist. I have a Bachelor of Science from Penn State University and a Master's from Plymouth State University. If you ever see me out and about in the Charlotte, NC area, be sure to say hi!