Freeze Warnings issued after the coldest October day in a decade

Below normal temperature linger through Friday
Published: Oct. 18, 2022 at 3:47 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 18, 2022 at 9:01 PM EDT
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  • Lows in the upper 20s/low 30s next few nights
  • Gradually warming up later this week into the weekend
  • Foliage peaking next few weekends

This has been some of the coldest early-October air in a decade or more as chilly, Canadian air drops south into the region.

The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning through Wednesday morning for areas where the growing season is still underway. The best advice is to bring any plants indoors that you want to salvage for a little bit longer.

Freeze warning goes into effect tonight.
Freeze warning goes into effect tonight.(WDBJ Weather)

Cold and breezy conditions are expected again tonight with lows in the 20s and 30s. Wind chills will be in the teens and 20s Wednesday morning.

Cold and breezy tonight.
Cold and breezy tonight.(WDBJ Weather)


High temperatures will slowly creep back up a few degrees each day through the weekend as the coldest air retreats to the north. Daytime highs only reach the upper 40s in the mountains to mid 50s elsewhere Wednesday. We’ll turn slightly warmer Thursday. A few flurries are possible along the WV border counties Wednesday as a disturbance moves through. Lows once again slip to the low 30s the next few nights.


By Friday, the heart of the colder air will retreat to the north allowing the warmer temperatures to move back in. Friday afternoon highs warm to the mid 60s with even more seasonable weather for the weekend. Saturday and Sunday temperatures may even reach the low 70s with lows in the 40s.

The weekend turns warmer with highs in the 60s and 70s.
The weekend turns warmer with highs in the 60s and 70s.(WDBJ7)


The start of the week will remain dry with seasonably warm temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s. By late in the week, another cold front could bring some showers followed by another round of cooler air for next weekend. At this time, it doesn’t look as cold as what we’re experiencing this week.