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First freeze in area forecast

Say goodbye to your marigolds and chrysanthemums.

Give up on those late-ripening grapes and tomatoes.

Unless you covered them up or brought them inside, chances are they’re nipped by metro Buffalo’s first freeze of the season.

Clear skies and dry air in combination with a cool front were expected to drive overnight temperatures down to their lowest point so far this fall and bring an official end to the growing season.

The National Weather Service issued a freeze warning from 11 a.m. Monday to 9 a.m. today for Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Genesee and Orleans counties, which have been mostly free from frost during cold snaps earlier this month.

No warning was issued for Allegany, Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties, where they’ve already had first freezes.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Mitchell said that for the Buffalo area, the first freeze tends to fall between Oct. 22 and 29. It can be a little later for lakeshore areas, a little sooner for inland regions. In 2011, it also came on Oct. 28. In 2010, it was Nov. 1.

Last year, temperatures dipped to the freezing mark around Columbus Day, but then bounced back. A heat record was set Oct. 25, and the next freeze didn’t occur until Nov. 5.

Look for something similar this time. High today should be in the upper 40s, and the thermometer is expected to climb back into the 50s Wednesday. Highs in the upper 60s are expected for Halloween, along with wind and rain. Record high for Halloween is 73, set in 1971.

News Staff Reporter Gene Warner contributed to this report. email:

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