The last time the Gainesville Regional Airport recorded a temperature at or below freezing was December 30th. Since then, we’ve seen the mercury climb as high as 83 and had stretch of eight days in a row of 80-degree afternoons. It was very obvious by this afternoon, though, that a cold front had passed through as temperatures struggled to hit the 60s in Alachua County.
Freeze Warnings have been issued for Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Inland Levy, Union, and Suwannee counties from 4am to 9am Wednesday morning. A Frost Advisory has been issued for Putnam and Marion counties as well from 4 to 9am on Wednesday morning.
Diminishing winds and clearing skies, along with the presence of high pressure, will allow the temperature to drop quickly tonight. Lows by morning are expected to drop to near or just below freezing in many inland locations, and hover closer to 40 along both coasts. Sub-freezing temperatures are most-likely away from urban areas and in the lower elevations along the Suwannee and Santa Fe River valleys.