Wednesday Discussion : Hard Freeze Likely Tonight


The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Freeze Warning, which is in effect from 4 AM to 9 AM EDT Thursday. The Freeze Watch is no longer in effect.

* LOCATION… Entire Hudson Valley (except Rockland & Westchester counties)

* TEMPERATURES…In the lower 30s.

* TIMING…4 am to 9 am Thursday.

* IMPACTS…Freeze conditions may damage sensitive vegetation. Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold.

A Freeze Warning means below freezing temperatures are imminentor highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

— HVW Commentary —
Temperatures will fall into the upper 20s and low 30s overnight, with a biting NW wind. That will create wind chills in the low to mid 20s… even some wind chill values in the TEENS in the Catskills.

This will bring the growing season to an end across the majority of the valley. The reason northern, high elevation parts of the valley are not under an advisory (Delaware, Sullivan, W. Ulster & Greene, E. Dutchess & Columbia counties)… is because those locations have already experienced a freeze previously.

3 thoughts on “Wednesday Discussion : Hard Freeze Likely Tonight”

  1. Hi!
    It’s 6:33 AM in west Mahopac. The thermometer shows 37.4 degrees F and the dahlias are still at their smiling best. There’s been no frost here yet.

    Fred Biolchini

  2. Cheers!
    It’s 6:30AM on Friday 10/19. Temperature is 31.7 degrees F and the dahlias got whacked! First frost of the season and the deer are looking for love!


  3. 26 degrees at 6 am Thursday morning 10/18. Even under hoops and heavy row cover the beans became mush, the tops of the peppers burned and some of the lettuce (again, under hoops and heavy row cover) showed tip burn. I was dumbfounded. The coldest prediction I could find at the coldest local weather monitoring stations was 31. I figured it could go down to possibly 28. But 26? And probably colder, given the damage that protected crops showed.

    Anyone else have anything similar?


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