From the ABC 7 Weather team

No frosty temperatures yet; fall colors showing to the west

October 20, 2011 - 09:30 PM
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Here we are deep into October, 11 days from Halloween, and still no signs of frosty mornings in the Nation’s Capital! Is this normal or should we already have seen the first frost? And, where are fall colors at their best right now?

Climatologically, the first frost of the season in the Nation’s Capital is October 17, while it occurs around October 29 in Baltimore, October 11 in Annapolis and even earlier west of the Blue Ridge in Hagerstown on September 29.


But, we have yet to see anything close to that just yet. The coldest morning low in at Reagan National so far this fall was 45 degrees on October 2 while Hagerstown only chilled to 40 degrees so far this season on the same day.

Incidentally, last year we were in the same boat. The coldest temperatures through late October only dropped to 40 degrees at Reagan National. Temperatures finally dipped to the freezing mark by November 29th.

We are in for a stunning weather pattern if you like bright sunshine and fall weather for the next 6 days. Highs will climb into the 60s with lows in the 40s. Still no signs of frost in any mornings coming up, but the dips in our temperatures will likely keep getting cooler behind fronts.

Enjoy the beautiful weekend full of sunshine and crisp fall temperatures. This will be a picture-perfect weekend to view the peak fall colors in the Allegheny Mountains of far western Maryland. Although patchy colors can be seen west of the Beltway now, deep splendid orange and red hues seen in the image below from last year will move to the Interstate 81 corridor by the beginning of November and into the District a week or two before Thanksgiving.


Don’t forget with cooler temperatures comes the time change. In just a little over two weeks early on November 6 at 2 a.m. standard time resumes and we turn the clocks back an hour.

Have a great weekend!

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