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Fall freeze graphic

 

Temperatures during the fall can fluctuate significantly here in the Tennessee Valley.  Freezing temperatures are uncommon early in the fall, but 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)

1907-2017

Muscle Shoals

Nov 2nd

Nov 11th

Oct 3rd (1908)

Dec 5th (1978)

1893-2017

Belle Mina

Oct 29th

Nov 9th

Oct 2nd (1984)

Nov 26th (2004)

1950-2017

Cullman (Abbey)

Oct 25th

Nov 5th

Oct 1st (1924)

Nov 25th (2004)

1908-2016

Fayetteville

Oct 18th

Oct 30th

Sep 29th (1967)

Nov 14th (2003)

1957-2017

Guntersville

Nov 11th

Nov 22nd

Oct 14th (1977)

Dec 21st (2001)

1910-1912, '55-'17

Moulton

Oct 26th

Nov 9th

Oct 2nd (1984)

Nov 26th (2004)

1957-2017

Russellville

Oct 26th

Nov 4th 

Sep 29th (1967)

Nov 27th (2009)

1954-2016

Scottsboro

Oct 27th

Nov 7th

Oct 3rd (1974)

Nov 19th (1927)

1894-2017

Valley Head

Oct 21st

Nov 1st

Sep 22nd (1983)

Nov 19th (1935)

1893-2017

Winchester

Oct 26th

Nov 7th

Oct 7th (1991 & 2001)

Nov 14th (2003)

1986-2017

Note: Gaps do 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