There may have been a wintry chill in the air mid-week, but fear not — fall will still have its day in the sun, according to the National Weather Service.
Today’s high temperature is expected to remain in the 40s; Wednesday, a windy, overcast day punctuated by heavy rain showers, saw the mercury barely cross into the low 50s at its highest point.
The recent dip in temperatures is courtesy of a cold front that moved through the area early this week, a front that was expected to exit the Tri-Cities Wednesday night and leave warmer temps in its wake, said Kate Guillet with the NWS’s Morristown office.
“After that, we should see a slight warming trend into the weekend, bringing us closer to where the normals are, around the mid-60s and even into early next week, back up into the 70s,” Guillet said Wednesday.
More characteristically fall days are still in store for the area, according to Guillet and the NWS forecast.
Friday and Saturday’s highs will edge up close to 60 degrees, and by Tuesday, the NWS forecast says the thermometer will be nearing 70 degrees.
Yet even on those warmer days, the nights will be clear and cold, Guillet said, as it’s right around the time of year the NWS typically starts seeing freezes and frosts overnight.
For the Tri-Cities, the average first frost date is Oct. 13, and the average first freeze happens Oct. 21, Guillet said.
Through Tuesday, most of the overnight lows are not expected to drop below freezing, but some areas could experience frost in the early hours of the morning, according to the NWS forecast.