Winter nips at spring's heels; most avoid hard freeze

Posted April 11, 2012
Updated April 12, 2012

— Spring has sprung in central North Carolina, but temperatures dipped back down toward winter-like lows Wednesday night and Thursday morning. 

The near-freezing temperatures caused concern among local farmers, but much of the area avoided a hard freeze, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

"We're pretty much out of the woods in terms of freezing temperatures with regard to our farmers," Gardner said around 8 a.m. "We've seen the coldest temperatures already and we're going to be warming very slowly during the morning."

Temperatures bottomed out in the mid-30s to near freezing overnight, but should warm into the mid-50s by midday and into the low-to-mid 60s by Thursday afternoon. 

Freeze warnings issued Wednesday for Wake, Durham, Edgecombe, Granville, Halifac, Nash, Orange, Person, Warren, Wilson and Vance counties were canceled around 8:30 a.m. Frost advisories issued for Cumberland, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Harnett, Hoke and Sampson counties were also canceled. 

Freeze warnings and frost advisories issued across much of the state were scheduled to expire around 9 a.m.

A freeze warning, according to the National Weather Service, comes into effect when temperatures are expected to be at or below 32 degrees for an extended period of time during growing season. A frost advisory means there's the potential for frost, which usually occurs with fair skies and light winds.

Farmers trying to protect their crops from freezing were out in force early Thursday. At Porter Farms in Wake County, workers used sprinkler systems to keep frost from forming on plants. Ashley Porter said the sprinklers help save fragile blossoms.

"Red berries and green fruit should be fine, but the blooms – when the frost lands on them, they burn," he said. "The blooms now should be ready by Mother's Day weekend." 

Freezing blooms Most local farmers avoid hard freeze

Temperatures will dip back into the mid-30s Thursday night before warming on Friday and Saturday. By Saturday afternoon, temperatures should be back into the mid-70s.

"High pressure will build in and we'll be able to warm up this weekend," Gardner said. 

By early next week, high temperatures will be back in the low-to-mid 80s. 


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  • jblake1932 Apr 12, 2012

    Well, two frost advisorys so far and no frost. Makes you go um.

  • luvstoQ Apr 12, 2012

    Actually, Dan Cooper, we're only 4 mi. N. of Hwy.98, punctuation was bad on first post.

  • luvstoQ Apr 12, 2012

    Dan Cooper, what's not to like about living near the lake in a nice subdivision with 2 1/2 acres? There are lots of people that like to live up here in the watershed! We lived off Honeycutt and then decided to build here 11 yrs. ago. I was only stating a point, not complaining about the weather (by the way, it works the same in the summer!!) or the forecasters. We are happy, chose to live here (7 mi. from HT in WF) what's your point about "living where no one else wants to"??

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Apr 12, 2012

    "Im glad we got bush out of offic! he was destroyin this planet!"

    See....this is what the problem is. The liberal media has created a group of zombies that believe anything that's said.

  • AngryJim Apr 12, 2012

    "Don't know what Ms Gardner found so amusing at the noon report about the freeze last night..."

    you really should cut miss gardner a bit of slack about it. its not like she can control the weather....

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Apr 12, 2012

    Yes the frost. Kill some of my outside flowers and a trees. Oh, well, that is nature for you.

  • Dan Cooper Apr 12, 2012

    Im glad we got bush out of offic! he was destroyin this planet!

    And you're destroying the English language.

  • Gunny the Racist Apr 12, 2012

    Im glad we got bush out of offic! he was destroyin this planet!

  • Dan Cooper Apr 12, 2012

    jma47, Congrats on your temperature difference from the triangle, hope that's justification enough for you living where no one else wants to. But WRAL gives temps for Roxboro, another 'destination', why not just use those numbers?

    Don't know what Ms Gardner found so amusing at the noon report about the freeze last night and farmer's attempts to prevent serious damage to their crops. Maybe she thinks it's funny that some people have to work hard and depend on favorable temps to succeed instead of someone only having to read a computer prediction three times a day, which may or may not be accurate.

  • tallywhacker2000 Apr 12, 2012

    Darn global warming.... I mean "climate change". LOL. -mep

    WRAL needs an autofilter5000 to keep the inane from being posted.