HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The National Weather Service has declared Alabama’s first hard freeze of the fall, marking the end of the growing season for warm-weather crops across the region.

The Decatur Daily reports the National Weather Service in Huntsville said temperatures dipped as low as 21 degrees in some areas on Sunday night and Monday morning. A hard freeze is classified as a temperature drop below 28 degrees sustained for at least three hours.

Meteorologist Lauren Nash says the weather service is suspending frost-and-freeze warnings until spring, under the assumption that warm-weather crops have already been impacted.

The Morgan County extension coordinator for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Mike Reeves, says this first killing freeze of the year came slightly later than last year, but was still within a normal range of time.

Information from: The Decatur Daily,

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