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Fall freeze graphic

 

Temperatures during the fall can fluctuate significantly here in the Tennessee Valley.  Early in the season, daytime highs will often reach the 70s and 80s, while nighttime lows can reach the 40s and occasionally the 30s.  However, as the season progresses, freezing temperatures often make an appearance by the end of October at many locations.  By early November, most locations typically will have experienced a light freeze.  

Below is a table of average first freeze and hard freeze dates for the locations indicated.  A hard freeze (locally) is defined by temperatures below 29ºF.  Additionally, the earliest and latest first freezes on record are listed for each site.   

 

Location

Avg First Freeze

Avg First Hard Freeze Earliest First Freeze (Year) Latest First Freeze (Year) Temperature Record

Huntsville

Nov 2nd

Nov 12th

Oct 9th (2000)

Dec 5th (1978)

1907-2016

Muscle Shoals

Nov 2nd

Nov 11th

Oct3rd (1908)

Dec 5th (1978)

1893-2016

Belle Mina

Oct 29th

Nov 8th

Oct 2nd (1984)

Nov 26th (2004)

1950-2016

Cullman (Abbey)

Oct 25th

Nov 6th

Oct 1st (1924)

Nov 25th (2004)

1908-2016

Fayetteville

Oct 18th

Oct 30th

Sep 29th (1967)

Nov 14th (2003)

1957-2016

Guntersville

Nov 11th

Nov 22nd

Oct 14th (1977)

Dec 21st (2001)

1910-1912, '55-'16

Moulton

Oct 26th

Nov 9th

Oct 2nd (1984)

Nov 26th (2004)

1957-2016

Russellville

Oct 26th

Nov 4th 

Sep 29th (1967)

Nov 27th (2009)

1954-2016

Scottsboro

Oct 27th

Nov 7th

Oct 3rd (1974)

Dec 1st (1918)

1894-2016

Valley Head

Oct 21st

Nov 2nd

Sep 22nd (1983)

Nov 19th (1935)

1893-2016

Winchester

Oct 26th

Nov 6th

Oct 7th (1991 & 2001)

Nov 14th (2003)

1986-2016

Note: small gaps exist in the data and some years contain incomplete information.  Where gaps were considerably large, the break in the period of record was noted, as in the case for Guntersville.  However, freezing temperature records were included only for years that contained a complete or nearly complete data set. 

If you have any questions or comments about the fall freeze information, please email the NWS Huntsville webmaster at sr-hun.webmaster@noaa.gov