Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Closer and closer to frost/freeze

Temperatures continue to drop as the fall season continues (as we would expect) and while some areas of the state have now experienced their first, fall freeze, many areas are still waiting. A hard freeze is usually defined by temperatures falling to 28 degrees or colder for several hours. Frost can happen with temperatures ranging from 30-36 degrees. Here are some average first freeze information for areas around Kansas.

The pattern is showing more cold air coming our way for the middle of next week. It's a real possibility for widespread frost or a hard freeze either Tuesday or Wednesday morning (October 22 or 23). It's amazing to me how fast the weather begins to change at this time of the year, but the jet stream winds strengthen and the storm systems continue getting stronger. I'm posting a snapshot from one of the computer models showing the cold air coming this way next week. Could there be some changes to this? Absolutely! But for now, confidence is growing our first killing frost could be coming very soon.
Temperatures at 5,000 feet for 7 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23

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