Any gardeners in northern Arizona caught unprepared this morning are likely looking at damaged fruits and veggies.
The National Weather Service is reporting the first freezing temperatures of the year at the Flagstaff Pulliam Airport today, which recorded an overnight low of 30 degrees. Freezing temperatures were also recorded in Bellemont, the Grand Canyon Airport, Window Rock and along the Mogollon Rim.
The low comes just one day before the historical average Flagstaff first frost date of Sept. 24.
“I’d say we’re firmly in the fall season now,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Robert Rickey. “We have transitioned out of the monsoon season and into fall.”
Daytime highs will rise over the coming days, but temperatures will continue to be cool overnight, according to the National Weather Service.
Then, on Wednesday, another cold front will hit northern Arizona. The dry storm will bring wind gusts as high as 50 mph and temperatures as much as ten degrees below average for this time of year. Daytime highs in Flagstaff will be in the high 50s and low 60s on Thursday and Friday.
Temperatures are expected to start climbing back toward normal following the cold front.