Temperatures Saturday were dramatically cooler than they were on Friday. A cool and blustery afternoon was just the start of our cool down though. With temperatures dropping off quickly Saturday night our first widespread freeze is expected Sunday morning. A freeze warning will be in effect from midnight until 9AM Sunday.
Some in the Valley have already experienced their first freeze, but Huntsville’s coldest temperature so far this season was 34°F. Huntsville’s average first freeze is November 1st, so this is coming a little late. The latest first freeze for Huntsville is December 5th (in 1978).
While some areas that are right along lakes could stay just above freezing, most of us are expected to slip below 32°F. Southern Tennessee and other normal cold spots should be prepared for temperatures in the mid 20s. Winds will at least be lighter by Sunday morning, but even the slightest breeze will make it feel a few degrees colder.
Sensitive plants could be damaged from subfreezing temperatures, so you’ll want to cover them properly or bring them inside. Make sure your pets have adequate shelter or are brought inside with you tonight. Finally, break out your winter gear and bundle up yourself! You’ll want to take the winter coat with you before you leave the house Sunday.
Keep your winter gear handy, another widespread freeze is likely Monday morning too. Milder temperatures will return Monday and Tuesday.