(THE PICKET) – The coldest temperatures of the season will affect Shepherd University and the region starting Friday, Oct. 16, and linger over the weekend.
The coldest predicted temperature will hit the morning of Monday, Oct. 19, as students return to classes, according to weather service officials.
“A cold front will move through Friday afternoon that will usher in the coldest air of the season, “ said Matt Elliott, meteorologist with The National Weather Service in Sterling, Va. “It will be sunny, but cold.”
Classes wrapped up today for Shepherd University students for fall break, ahead of the chilly weather.
“I am a fan of fall,” said Christina Rodriguez, a 32-year-old nurse who is taking pre-med courses. “I am originally from Southern California, so we have had to learn a lot.”
Elliott said this weekend will be the coldest weather of the season for the Shepherdstown and Jefferson County areas.
“Sunday morning will be (around) 33 degrees and borderline for a potential freeze situation,” Elliott said. “Monday is a better chance of a freeze. We are forecasting a low of 31 degrees.”
“I am planning on doing a tough mudder this weekend,” said Natalia Browne, a junior therapeutic recreation major, so the cold weather could potentially cause issues with the race, she said. “I like fall.”
“The low Saturday morning will be in the upper 30s with a daytime high of mid 50s,” Elliott said.
These will be the first areas to freeze. Residents should bring plants and sensitive vegetation in because the dropping temperatures could kill them, Elliott said.
“Most of (the) area will freeze (Monday morning). There could be isolated areas that have temperatures in the high 20s,” Elliott said.
Todd Bowman is a staff writer for The Picket. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @todd_bowman87.