The first frost of the season could fall on the Augusta- area on Friday night as a cold front moves through, according to the National Weather Service in Columbia.
Low temperatures Thursday night could drop into the mid-30s, but windy conditions should prevent a frost. Wind mixes colder surface air with warm air in the upper atmosphere and also serves as a drying effect to keep frost away.
Conditions for Friday won’t be as favorable with daytime temperatures reaching into the upper 50s. The nighttime forecast is for temperatures between 30 and 34 degrees, although the upper-20s are possible.
Protecting plants and being cautious of outdoor pets and animals is advised.
Some parts of the area have experienced scattered frost this season, but Friday should be the first widespread frost. The coldest temperature recorded at Bush Field was 30 degrees on Oct. 30 and 39 degrees at Daniel Field the same night.
A warming trend should start Saturday with highs in the 60s and hitting the mid-70s by Sunday and Monday. Low temperatures should be in the lower 50s. The next chance of rain is Tuesday, with a 20 percent chance of precipitation.