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New first freeze record set in northern New Mexico

Eddie Garcia
September 26, 2017 06:45 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Less than a week into the autumn season and it's already feeling crisp in some areas of the state. In fact, some areas have already broken records for the first freeze.

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Senior Meteorologist Chuck Jones at the Albuquerque National Weather Service office said Farmington has an all-time record for the earliest freeze. It came on the morning of Sept. 24.

"It was the coldest on record there in Farmington for this early in the season," Jones said.

The first freeze for that area is normally into October, Jones said. As a rule of thumb, northern New Mexico cities will freeze the earliest. In fact, some areas like Eagle Nest and Red River can freeze as early as July 25.

On average, most places in the north will freeze in September or early October. When it comes to the Albuquerque metro, the first freeze is a little later.

"Here in Albuquerque, Oct. 30 is the average freeze date, so Halloween basically," Jones said.

Communities in southern New Mexico typically freeze the latest.

"It takes until November before the southwest and southern deserts and southeast plains see their first 32 degrees or colder," Jones said.

No matter where you live, pets and plants are vulnerable when the temperature drops below 30 degrees.

"When you start to get temperatures down the 29-degree range for any length of time, that can do quite a bit of damage to young tender plants," Jones said.

So will New Mexico freeze earlier than normal this year? Jones said it's too early to tell.

For more on the first freeze, click here.

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