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Frosty Temperatures Settle Into Northeast

UPDATED 8:15 AM EDT, October 6, 2011

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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The first widespread frost and freeze of the season is gripping the Northeast this morning. Many interior locations west of Interstate 95 have dropped into the 20s and 30s, likely ending the growing season here.

A combination of clear skies, light wind and very dry air in place from a strong surface high pressure building south from Canada lead to rapid temperature drops overnight.

Temperatures dropped to 34 degrees in Gardner, Mass., and 29 degrees in Whitesville, N.Y. Pittsfield, Mass., was 33 degrees, while South Deerfield, Mass., has fallen to the freezing mark. Other sub-freezing cities included Center Barnstead, N.H., Sherman, Conn., and Herkimer, N.Y.

Frost Advisories and Freeze Warnings remain in effect this morning from Pennsylvania to New England, meaning that residents will likely need to spend a few extra minutes this morning scraping frost off the windows.

The freeze will be a one-time event, as temperatures will quickly warm above freezing by mid-morning with sunny skies and highs in the 50s by afternoon.

This first frost of the season is in line, or even slightly later than climatology. The average first frost in Syracuse is October 3. For Burlington, Vt., the first frost is typically September 19 and for Springfield, Mass., it`s September 29.

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