- Late-season freeze likely Wednesday night
- Record lows likely Thursday morning
- Frost possible Thursday night
Paybacks are…well, frigid. The past three months have been the warmest in Gainesville since 1960, according to The Southeast Regional Climate Center. The next three mornings will be the coldest since early January. One morning, in particular, will likely rewrite the record books.
The chill begins Wednesday morning. Literally. “Feels like” temps will likely dip below freezing, thanks to a brisk north breeze.
— Florida Storms (@FloridaStorms) March 14, 2017
Even the stronger March sun won’t help much Wednesday. Daytime temperatures will struggle to hit 60, more than 15 below normal for this time of year.
Under clear skies and a persistent north breeze, the stage is set for record cold Wednesday night. A Hard Freeze Watch is in effect for all of inland north Florida from Alachua County points north. A Freeze Watch is in effect for all other counties of north Florida.
The source of the cold is a large ridge of high pressure that originated in Canada. By Friday morning, the center of this air mass will be passing to our east. Clear skies and calm winds, however, will allow for maximum cooling and frost could be possible. We will post more specifics on Friday morning as confidence grows.