By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
Wilson County and much of Middle Tennessee saw the first freeze warning of the fall issued yesterday and there will likely be a second one issued later today for tonight and into Saturday morning when temperatures might drop a couple of degrees more.
That was the word Thursday afternoon from David Matson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory, who noted were about a week early for the areas first freeze, although its not unusual to have one about now, either.
A couple of cold mornings, was how Matson described early this morning and tomorrow morning.
Temperatures were expected to drop to the lower and mid 30s with low lying and outer areas likely to see areas of frost.
Were not expecting a hard freeze, he said, noting that occurs when the temperature drops to around 28 degrees or so.
Temperatures will warm during the next few days with the high today around 60, about 63 on Saturday and near 70 on Sunday. It will be gradual warming but cold at night, Matson said.
The low tonight/early Saturday was expected to be about 35 degrees and perhaps a couple of degrees colder in some locations. Matson said the weather service will likely issue another freeze warning some time today for tonight.
Matson urged everyone to check on elderly family and friends, bring pets inside and also protect flowers and other vegetation by covering them or bringing indoors. He said he puts plants at his home underneath a porch with an overhang or under a tree where leaves on the ground and those remaining on the limbs also help keep them from freezing.
There is no rain in the forecast for the next couple of days. Matson said were 1.5 inches below normal as of Oct. 20, but since Jan. 1 are 3.5 inches above normal. Only .90 (less than one-tenth of an inch) of rain has fallen from Oct. 1-20, and from Jan. 1 through Oct. 20, the weather service has measured 41.17 inches of rain.
October is usually the driest month of the year, he added.
The water table is in good shape, thanks to months where more rain fell. Were not in a drought by any means, Matson noted.
For more information regarding freeze warnings and more, visit online at www.srh.noaa.gov/ohx.
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