The coldest air of the winter season is pouring into The Sunshine State tonight, and a hard freeze is likely in many areas. Farmers and those with agricultural interests should take action to prevent a killing freeze by late this evening. Temperatures in most areas will be falling below the freezing mark shortly after midnight.
DURATION: The duration of this freeze will last more than 8 hours in outlying areas, with temperatures possibly near or below freezing in the urban areas for 6 to 8 hours.
LOWS: The coldest temperatures tonight will be near the I-10 corridor and in the Suwannee River Valley away from urban areas. Mid 20s are possible in these areas. Most of the urban areas, including Gainesville and Ocala, will drop into the upper 20s. Gainesville’s projected low is 29 in the city and 27 at the airport.
WIND CHILLS: Winds might be the bigger story tonight, though, as they will make it feel even colder. Wind chills (what it will feel like) are expected to fall into the 20s as early as 9pm this evening, and drop as low as 20 by Sunday morning.