The warm up this week coincides with the start of growing season

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – We are wrapping up the warmest winter in the U.S. on record, which has many green thumbed gardeners itching to get seeds and bulbs in the ground earlier than. The last freeze is behind us and it’s looking likely that the threat of frost is also in the rear view mirror. But this morning’s patchy frost may have a few waiting to plant.

Most woke up to temperatures between the mid 30s to the low 40s, about ten degrees below our seasonal average. Soil temperatures stayed mild with most between 35°-42°. Frost will always form at 32°, but air temperature measurements are taken at five to six feet off the ground. So it is possible to get frost with air temperatures in the mid 30s because colder air sinks and the ground can hit 32° despite warmer air sitting on top of it.

The Climate Prediction Center does call for a 33-40% chance of cooler than average temperatures over the next eight to fourteen days. We will see cold air flow over the East next Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, but air temperatures will likely only dip into the upper 30s to low 40s. This should be enough to keep us out of the frost range. Looking at longer range , so if you were waiting for the right time to plant, this is the green light.