Brrrr - winter arrives, even if it's fall on the calendar

Oct. 23, 2013 @ 06:05 PM

Dig back in the closet for the thick coats, wool caps and heavy gloves — it may say it’s the middle of fall on the calendar, but it already feels like winter.
The High Point area was supposed to shiver through its first frost overnight Wednesday and into this morning. The brisk conditions will continue through this weekend, with the first freeze for the season possibly blanketing the area late Friday night and early Saturday morning.
Lows this morning were supposed to fall into the mid-30s, with similar overnight temperatures for this evening and early Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
“It’ll probably be even colder Friday into Saturday morning, with potentially the first freeze for Friday night,” said Katie Roussy, metereologist with the Weather Service office in Raleigh.
Lows overnight Friday and early Saturday morning are expected to slip into the upper 20s to near 30 degrees, Roussy told The High Point Enterprise.
Lows will inch back into the 30s through the weekend. During the next several days, high temperatures won’t budge much past the upper 50s.
The colder conditions, while startling after the mild conditions of earlier this week, are fairly typical for this time of year, Roussy said.
“This is the time of year where we start to see the first frost or freeze. It’s a little unusual to have 20s this time of year, but it’s not out of the question,” she said.
Gardeners can continue planting as the weather turns colder. Trees and shrubs can be planted as long as mulch is spread around the base of the root systems to offer protection from the elements.
“As far as your annuals, if you have summer annuals at this point, then pull them up and replace them with pansies, violas or other fall annuals. It’s still a great time to plant, because the ground is still warm underneath. Plants can still root well,” said Jessica Proctor, manager of the tree and shrub department for Price Nursery Inc. in High Point.
Any plants that have been on a porch in mild weather should be brought inside during a freeze or frost, Proctor said, though the pots needs to be cleansed so bugs won’t infiltrate a house.
For outdoor plants, even though it’s going to dip to near or below freezing the next few days, trees, shrubs and flowers still need to be watered and kept moist, Proctor said.
“It’s cold and things aren’t drying out as much, but fall is a dry time and you don’t want your plants to dry out,” she said.

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