WINTER STORM WARNING
Columbia and Suwannee Counties have been upgraded from a Winter Storm Watch to a Winter Storm Warning tonight. A wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain is expected overnight in the warned areas, creating light accumulation of ice on roadways and dangerous driving conditions. Drivers should be especially cautious on overpasses and bridges after midnight. The warning expires at 6am on Thursday morning.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES
Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for Baker, Lafayette, and Union Counties until 9am Thursday morning. Main impacts include a rain/sleet mix and possibly freezing rain tonight into Thursday morning. Travel difficulties could occur with minor icing on the roadways, but widespread icing is not expected.
Suwannee, Columbia, and Baker counties are under a freeze warning for tonight until 9 am Thursday morning. Temperatures in those areas are expected to drop below 32 degrees for more than 6 hours. Sensitive vegetation and pets need to be brought inside tonight, as temperatures will be below freezing for most of the overnight hours.
THE SET UP
Another wave of low pressure moving in from the Gulf of Mexico will sweep across North Central Florida later tonight bringing a reinforcing round of showers. The areas where the moisture brought in with this wave meets the freezing line are the places that could see sleet and icing on the roadways. The freezing line will not be in Alachua county but along points further northward: mainly along the I-10 corridor. However, pockets of heavier rain could cool the atmosphere enough for a brief period of sleet in Alachua County late tonight but temperatures will remain above freezing.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility, especially along the I-10 corridor.
- Schools in Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Suwannee, and Nassau County have closed for Thursday.
- Preparations need to be taken for the freeze overnight.