RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — Spring is officially here, but that doesn’t always mean we’ll be able to enjoy spring temperatures.
If you’ve spent time in central North Carolina around this time of year, you know that we can experience something of a temperature rollercoaster with lots of ups and downs.
The end of this March seems to be no exception! The lows will drop back into the 30s this weekend and we’ll be near the freezing mark by Monday morning!
Are temperatures in the 30’s unusual this late in the month? The answer is actually no!
Our average last freeze date doesn’t occur until April!
Here in central North Carolina, our average last frost is between April 1st and April 11th.
A light frost has a temperature range of 32 to 36 degrees, while a normal frost has a range of 28 to 32 degrees.
If the temperatures drop below 28 degrees, then we have a hard frost.
So when are the earliest and latest spring frost dates for Raleigh and Fayetteville?
The earliest spring frost of 32 degrees in Raleigh was as early as 1935! It happened on March 1 of this year.
The last spring frost for the City of Oaks happened on May 10, 1977.
In Fayetteville, the earliest occurred on March 2, 1938. The last was over a century ago! You must go back to April 26, 1919.
Remember that frost alerts, vigils, and freeze alerts are only issued during the growing season. That means it can still be quite chilly for plants and pets without any cold warnings in place.
If you have plants that are sensitive to cold, consider covering them or bringing them indoors if possible.
You also want to make sure that all outdoor pets have a place to keep warm.
While we won’t be too “frozen” this weekend, you might want to keep your coat handy rather than “let go” of it.
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