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Late-Season Freeze to Threaten Northeast Friday Night

It might feel more like late October rather than late May in the Northeast on Friday night as temperatures dip well below normal.

Frost will threaten gardens across the region on Friday night as chilly air moves in from Canada.

The coldest air will focus across the interior Northeast with some locations bottoming out in the 20s.

Homeowners who have already planted their annual flowers and vegetation should take the proper precautions to protect their plants from the potentially damaging cold.

If left out unprotected, the frost or freeze could damage or even kill vegetation that is sensitive to the cold weather.

People can take simple steps, such as covering their plants or moving them under cover, to keep them shielded from the danger the cold weather brings.

Areas near the coast shouldn't have to worry about there being a frost or freeze with temperatures forecast to bottom out in the 40s.

This includes cities along the Interstate 95 corridor from Baltimore all the way up into Boston and Portland, Maine.

This potential for a freeze is occurring later than normal across the Northeast.

In a typical year, many areas outside of the White, Green and Adirondack Mountains experience their last freeze of the season by the middle of May.

This chill is not expected to last long as temperatures gradually warm through the Memorial Day Weekend.

With Memorial Day marking the unofficial start to summer, AccuWeather Expert Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok stated that this should be the last threat of a frost and freeze from Pennsylvania southward.

"If it clears out during the last weekend of May, there could be another frost across the interior of New York to northern New England," added Pastelok. "However, that frost threat does not look to be as widespread as this Saturday morning."