It looks like another narrow escape from an official freeze at Roanoke Regional Airport, with a low of 33 this morning. If it was 33 at 6 feet up, where the thermometer is, you can bet is was below freezing at ground level on a cold, clear night with no wind, which allows the cold air to sink. This will be one of those autumns where the official first freeze date won’t bear actual reality — the date will end up being sometime in November, most likely, but we’ve really had at least four mornings where temperatures were likely at freezing or below almost everywhere.
Regardless … it will be hard to beat the weather for high school football and Halloween trick-or-treating tonight, with clear skies, and temperatures generally in the 50s during the time folks will be outside. A slow warmup is under way, but it will be very slow, gradually increasing into next week.