Weather: The First Frost is Here! Bring in Your Sensitive Plants!! (9/30/17)

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Tonight is going to be down right cold. Temperatures around the region will generally fall into the low 30’s and upper 20’s in some cases. The typical cool spots, such as Island Pond up in the Northeast Kingdom, or Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake over in the Adirondacks will like see there first freeze this year as temperatures fall hard into the mid 20’s…. brrrrrr.

That has prompted the National Weather Service to issue Freeze Warnings for Essex County in Vermont and parts of Franklin County in Northern New York. Frost Advisories have been issued for most of Vermont except for the Champlain Valley which generally remain a little bit warmer than the rest of the region.

So what does this mean for your crops and gardens? Unless you take action now, plants left outside, uncovered will likely not make it through the night. So if you have a chance, make sure you harvest any remaining crops and cover up those flowers or just bring them inside to be safe. Growing season maybe wrapping up but there are still a few warm days left in the forecast for those plants to enjoy. Toward the end of this week some spots have a chance at touching the 80° mark!

FUN FACT: The average first 32° reading (or first frost) in Montpelier is today, September 30th! Heres a list of when other cities and towns around the region get there first frost.
Burlington- October 7th
Rutland- September 30th
Saint Johnsbury- October 1st
Massena- October 1st
South Hero- October 15th
Saranac Lake- September 7th

As for the rest of the forecast Sunday will be a repeat copy of Saturday- minus the morning clouds. A perfect day for any outdoor activities such as apple picking, hitting the local corn maze or even doing a little bit of leaf peeping.

If you are planning on doing any leaf peeping tomorrow the foliage color in the Champlain Valley has been a little slow but if you head to the higher elevations such as Smugglers Notch or even a trip over to the Northeast Kingdom the color is nearing peak and looking spectacular.

Sunday night brings with it clear skies and light wind and you know what that means…. chilly temperatures once again. If we don’t get your first frost tonight you’ll have another shot at it Sunday night as temperatures fall back into the low to middle 30’s. A few areas of fog is not out of the question especially in the Northeast Kingdom, Upper Valley and the Champlain Valley.

The start to the work week remains dry. Be careful for a few areas of morning fog on your way to work, Monday morning. Rain doesn’t return to the forecast until Wednesday as a cold front approaches the region bringing with it some showers and storms. 

-Skytracker Meteorlogist Haley Bouley

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