While local tradition holds that Memorial Day weekend signals safe haven from frost, some area gardeners may wish they had waited to start putting plants into the ground. 

A frost warning was in effect for Monday night for portions of eastern New York, as well as area in Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts, according to the National Weather Service. Cold temperatures over the weekend already brought frost to some areas and even snow to some spots. 

The Adirondack ski town of Wilmington, near the border with Vermont, reported 36 inches of snow at Whiteface Mountain on Sunday morning, according to the Associated Press. Whiteface Mountain spokesman Jon Lundin told the AP that he didn’t know if the snowfall was a record. The late-season storm, which began Saturday, was severe enough to prompt the closure of the Veteran’s Memorial Highway on the back side of the mountain. 

Local gardeners itching to get started should be able to plant with impunity starting today, though. The forecast for the rest of the week features more seasonable weather, with lows in the 50s and 60s, and highs climing into the upper 80s by the end of the week. 

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