Frigid Wind Chills

  • Strong storms possible (mainly west of I-75) midnight – 7 am Saturday
  • Wind chills in the 20’s and 30’s Saturday afternoon through Monday morning
  • Back-to-back freezes Sunday and Monday

 

Bitter cold will arrive this weekend with the first arctic blast of the year.  The polar jet is making a dive into the southeast this weekend causing storms overnight on Friday, wind chills in the 20’s & 30’s Saturday and Sunday, and back-to-back freezes Sunday and Monday.

jetstream

 

A few strong storms are possible overnight Friday, mainly along and west of I-75, as the front approaches North Florida. Showers will get heavier overnight, with a few embedded thunderstorms possible.  The strongest cells could have small hail and gusty winds.


HOUR-BY-HOUR FORECAST

As the activity tapers off Saturday morning, arctic air will begin to move in causing temperatures to fall rapidly through 10 am.  This is an unusual occurrence in Florida. Temperatures will dive to the upper 40’s by Saturday afternoon and wind chills will fall to the 30’s.  Temperatures will keep falling and end up below freezing Sunday morning.

sunam_windchills

 

Sunday will be the coldest day this weekend.  Wind chills will be in the low 20’s all morning and temperatures will struggle to reach the upper 40’s by afternoon. A second freeze will occur Monday morning with forecast lows near 30 degrees.