- Five or more hours of subfreezing temps expected
- Record low likely to be shattered in Gainesville
- Wind chills as cold as the lower 20s by morning
Paybacks are…well, frigid. The past three months have been the warmest in Gainesville since 1960, according to The Southeast Regional Climate Center. However, a record low is likely to be shattered for March 16th in Gainesville as temperatures drop to their coldest readings since early January.
Under clear skies and a persistent north breeze, the stage is set for record cold Wednesday night. A Hard Freeze Warning is in effect for all of inland north Florida from Alachua County points north. A Freeze Warning is in effect for all other counties of north Florida.
Record is 32° (1999)
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. Overnight lows will drop to the middle 30s, which is cold enough to support frost formation near the ground.
Temperatures will begin to rebound Friday, and near normal numbers for mid-March are expected by the weekend.