The growing season may come to an end tonight and early tomorrow in parts of inland Atlantic and Cumberland counties as a freeze watch has been issued by the National Weather Service.

Additionally, there is an enhanced risk of wildfires this afternoon due to a combination of dry air, bright sunshine, falling leaves and winds gusting up to 30 mph. The weather service warns that enhanced fire conditions could last until 8 p.m.

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The coldest air of the season so far will move across the region today and into tonight, with low temperatures inland expected to drop near 30 degrees, potentially bringing a killing freeze to parts of the pine lands, the weather service said.

Temperatures in the coastal areas are expected to remain near 40 degrees tonight and early tomorrow due to a breeze and proximity to the 62-degree ocean, the weather service said.

A freeze watch means sub-freezing temperatures are possible. Portions of Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey are under either a freeze watch or warning.

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