First Frost Dates for NC Counties

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At the time of this writing, we have temperatures in the 90’s and frost is the furthest thing from my mind. We do have many followers in agriculture however, that need to know how much longer they can continue with their crops before frost kills things off…ending the growing season.

Remember that Frost “Advisories” are issued when conditions suggest that areas of frost are possible with only a short period of time at or below freezing. A Frost “Warning” means that an extended period of time at or below freezing is likely. Once an area receives a warning and observations confirm freezing temperatures, no more advisories or warnings for frost will be issued.

The following table from NC State University, gives the average date counties in North Carolina can see their first frost.

Average first fall frost date for North Carolina by county (1951-1980)

County Station Name Average Date Standard Deviation (+/- days)
Alamance Burlington November 1 11
Anson Wadesboro November 4 12
Ashe Transou October 1 10
Avery Banner Elk October 2 11
Brunswick Southport 5 N November 12 14
Buncombe Asheville October 23 11
Black Mountain October 17 10
Bent Creek October 9 11
Enka October 20 10
Burke Morganton October 18 9
Hickory October 30 11
Cabarrus Concord November 2 12
Caldwell Lenoir October 21 11
Carteret Morehead City 2 WNW November 19 13
Chatham Siler City 2 NW October 15 10
Cherokee Andrews 2 E October 10 10
Chowan Edenton November 11 12
Cleveland Shelby 2 NNE October 25 9
Columbus Whiteville 7 NW October 31 11
Craven New Bern FAA AP November 9 13
Cumberland Fayetteville October 31 9
Dare Hatteras December 11 15
Davidson Lexington October 31 12
Durham Durham October 24 10
Edgecombe Rocky Mount 8 ESE October 25 10
Tarboro 1 S October 28 11
Gaston Gastonia November 1 14
Granville Oxford 2 SW October 28 12
Guilford High Point October 30 12
Greensboro Pump Station October 28 10
Greensboro WSO AP October 27 10
Haywood Canton 1 SW October 10 9
Waynesville 1 E October 8 10
Waterville 2 October 26 12
Henderson Hendersonville 1 NE October 12 9
Hyde New Holland November 11 11
Iredell Statesville 2 NNE October 19 12
Jackson Cullowhee October 11 9
Johnston Smithfield October 25 10
Jones Maysville 6 W October 24 13
Lee Sanford 8 NE October 22 10
Lenoir Kinston 5 E October 29 13
Macon Coweeta Exp Station October 7 8
Highlands 2 S October 22 12
Franklin 1 SSW October 12 8
Madison Marshall October 15 10
Hot Springs 2 October 21 10
Martin Williamston 1 ENE November 3 12
McDowell Marion October 31 13
Mecklenburg Charlotte WSO AP November 5 13
Nash Nashville October 30 11
New Hanover Wilmington WSO AP November 14 13
Wilmington 7 N November 3 12
Northampton Jackson October 26 8
Orange Chapel Hill 2 W October 23 10
Pasquotank Elizabeth City FAA AP November 7 12
Pender Willard 4 SW November 1 12
Pitt Greenville October 30 10
Polk Tryon October 29 11
Randolph Asheboro 2 W October 31 12
Richmond Hamlet October 24 8
Robeson Lumberton 6 NW October 28 12
Rockingham Reidsville 2 NW October 27 11
Rowan Salisbury October 26 10
Rowan Research Station October 20 8
Sampson Clinton October 29 11
Scotland Laurinburg November 1 11
Stanly Albemarle 4 N October 25 12
Surry Mount Airy October 15 9
Transylvania Pisgah Forest 1 N October 10 7
Brevard October 8 9
Union Monroe 4 SE October 25 10
Vance Henderson 2 NNW October 23 9
Wake Raleigh NCSU November 5 13
Raleigh 4 SW November 1 14
Raleigh-Durham WSO AP October 27 9
Washington Plymouth 5 E October 25 11
Watauga Blowing Rock October 11 9
Wayne Goldsboro 1 SSW October 30 9
Wilson Wilson 3 SW October 29 10
Yancey Celo 2 S September 27 18

Source: Katharine Perry, Horticultural Science – NC State University


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