When should I expect the First Frost in the New York City Area?


In the Northeastern United States the average first frost date ranges from mid-September in higher altitudes to late-November in locations near the coast south of the New York City area.

Based on data from 1991 to 2020, the average first frost date for Central Park is November 20th, but with a wide range of experienced first frosts from October 15th to December 22nd. In Bridgeport CT the average first frost date is November 4th with a range of October 9th to November 26th. In Newark NJ the average first frost date is November 8th with a range of October 8th to December 2nd. At Kennedy Airport on Long Island the average first frost date is November 17th with a range of October 19th to December 17th.

The National Weather Service has some useful resources that predict climate factors with an extended outlook. The forecasts are very general but can be useful in informing gardening decisions.

Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service

  • Last Updated Sep 28, 2022
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  • Answered By Leslie Coleman

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