Hard Freeze and Frigid Wind Chills Expected Saturday Night

Saturday was a wild winter day in Gainesville. First, snow flurries were seen in many areas just after daybreak. Then, the winds gusted to 33 mph, keeping wind chills in the lower 30’s for much of the afternoon. Now, the mercury is falling again and a hard freeze is likely by morning. Not only that, the winds won’t stop. Wind chills, which is what it will feel like on exposed skin, will dip as low as the upper teens and lower 20’s early Sunday morning.



A Hard Freeze Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Alachua County and points north Saturday Night. Temperatures are likely to fall to 27° or lower for a period of two or more hours just before sunrise Sunday. Other areas of North Florida, including Marion County and Ocala, are under a Freeze Warning where temperatures will spend several hours below the freezing mark.  Temperatures will finally moderate some on Sunday afternoon, and with a lighter wind and plenty of sun, it will look and feel much better.  Afternoon highs will reach the middle 50’s.

After one more cold night Sunday Night, the warm up resumes Monday and Tuesday when temperatures will return to “normal” for this time of year. Check out your hometown numbers in our latest 10-Day Outlook below.