Farm workers harvesting spinach at Bayview Farm on the Main Road in Aquebogue in 2010. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)
The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning for the East End early Friday morning between 3 and 9 a.m., saying residents should expect temperatures in the mid- to upper-20s near the Pine Barrens.
Freeze conditions will start to sweep across the area Thursday night, the warning states, and hit the western area of Riverhead near the Pine Barrens the hardest. Locations on the North Fork from Southold to Orient Point should remain above freezing, weather experts said.
“These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation,” according to a NWS weather alert.
Temperatures will dip into the lower 30s elsewhere, officials said.
After the North Fork got its first dusting of snow this morning, even chillier temperatures are in store for tonight. The National Weather Service issued a freeze warning from 10 p.m. tonight until 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Temperatures are expected to plumet into the lower 20s, according to a NWS alert. The freezing temperatures will kill sensitive vegetation, the alert said.
A cold front that swept through the area in the early morning hours today resulted in a mix of rain and snow — and eventually just snow — falling over the region. The snow persisted through the morning commute, from about 6 a.m., and tapered off about 10 a.m.
No precipitation is forecast overnight. Tomorrow’s high temperature is forecast at 40 degrees. The temperatures are expected climb to a high of 55 for Friday and Saturday.