Spring Freeze Information

 The Spring Frost and Freeze season for north Alabama and southern middle Tennessee begins on March 18th

A frost advisory will be issued when temperatures are forecast to fall to between 33 and 36 degrees with light winds. A freeze warning will be issued for the area when temperatures are forecast to fall to or below 32 degrees for three consecutive hours. 

Below is a table of average last dates for freezing temperatures during the spring here in the central Tennessee Valley.  A freeze is defined by temperatures at or below 32ºF, while a hard freeze is defined by temperatures at or below 28ºF.  The earliest last freeze and latest freezes on record are also included for each site.

Location

Avg Last Freeze

Avg Last Hard Freeze Earliest Last Freeze (Year) Latest Freeze (Year) Period of Record

Huntsville

April 2nd

March 18th

February 26th (2012)

May 7th (1944)

1907-2015

Muscle Shoals

March 29th

March 15th

February 23rd (1953)

May 2nd (1909)

1893-2015

Belle Mina

April 4th

March 18th

March 11th (1995)

April 25th (2005) 

1950-2015

Crossville

April 3rd

March 23rd

February 25th (2012)

April 23rd (1986) 

1950-2015

Cullman

April 10th

March 27th

March 6th (2012)

May 5th (1976)

1908-2015

Fayetteville

April 16th

April 3rd

March 25th (2011) 

May 6th (1968)

1958-2015

Guntersville

March 28th

March 10th

February 13th (2011)

April 28th (1976)

1910-1912
1955-2015

Moulton

April 4th

March 21st

March 8th (2010)

April 24th (1986)

1957-2015

Russellville

April 11th

March 28th

March 18th (2005)

May 13th (1960) 

1954-2013

Scottsboro

April 6th

March 25th

March 9th (2010)

May 10th (1906) 

1894-2015

Winchester

April 8th

March 29th

March 10th (1995)

May 6th (2011)

1986-2015

Valley Head

April 18th

April 2nd

March 9th (2010)

May 30th (1984)

1893-2015

Please note that small gaps exist in the data and some years contain incomplete information.  Where gaps are considerably large, the break in the period of record is noted, as in the case for Guntersville.  Freezing temperature records are included in the statistics for years that only contained a complete or nearly complete dataset during the spring freeze period. 

If you have any questions or comments about the spring freeze information, please send an email to the NWS Huntsville webmaster account at sr-hun.webmaster@noaa.gov.

  


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