October is moving right along, and so far it's been a warm month. Our mild temperatures are about to take an abrupt turn though. A cold front arrives Friday night and will send temperatures into the 30s by Saturday morning.
This chill actually isn't out of the ordinary. We typically get our first round of temperatures in the mid 30s and patchy frost in the first half of October.
By Saturday morning, temperatures tumble to levels we haven't experienced since April. We'll wake up to lows in the lower and middle 30s to start the weekend.
Although temperatures will be cold enough for widespread frost, it should remain pretty spotty in coverage Friday night into Saturday. That's because we'll be missing one of the three key ingredients needed for frost formation...calm winds.
The dramatic temperature drop coming our way will do so on winds of 15-20 mph. While the winds will relax some by Saturday morning, they should stay up enough to keep much frost from developing. Still, it's not a bad idea to protect any plants you may want to keep around a little deeper into the fall season.