First freeze of the season expected this weekend

Posted November 5, 2010 5:18 p.m. EDT
Updated November 6, 2010 9:12 a.m. EDT

— The first freeze of the season is expected Saturday night, as lows dip into the upper 20s and lower 30s.

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for much of central North Carolina from 2 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday.

Cold high pressure will build into the Carolinas from the west Saturday night. Morning low temperatures are expected to range from the upper 20s in the western Piedmont to the lower 30s in the coastal plain.

A freeze watch means sub-freezing temperatures are possible. These conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

In anticipation of the cold weather, the town of Hillsborough disconnected the freestanding water fountains at Gold and Turnip Patch parks. The fountains will remain disconnected through spring.

The weekend looks cool, with highs in the low 50s during the day and chillier temperatures overnight. A few showers are possible on Saturday, but Sunday looks sunny and clear.

Temperatures are expected to start heating up on Monday, where highs are expected to reach the low to mid 60s. The rest of the week, highs in the lower 70s are expected.