Winter weather chills with first freeze of season

The first freeze of the fall hit Hockley County and the region early Tuesday morning.

It arrived with a strong arctic cold front that promises to keep temperatures well below normal for the next few days.

The freeze occurred at 1:25 a.m. when the mercury dipped to 31.7 degrees at the Mesonet weather site just south of Levelland.

Temperatures continued to slide, reaching a low of 23.5 degrees at 7:20 a.m.

Last year, the first freeze occurred on Oct. 19.

In 2012, it came even earlier, arriving on Oct.8.

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