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Freeze expected in northeast, central and east Florida Friday morning

U-S satellite photo, January 16, 2014
U-S satellite photo, January 16, 2014
NOAA

A Freeze Warning has been issued for the early morning hours in east-central Florida Friday by the National Weather Service in Melbourne. Forecasters say temperatures should be around freezing by late overnight Thursday, and “…will linger at or below freezing through daybreak Friday.” The freeze is expected to affect areas “…mostly west of U-S Highway One and [the] Interstate 95 corridor along the coast,” and areas “…[primarily] outside of the urban areas of Orlando and Sanford.” The area includes the cities of Deland, Leesburg, Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Vero Beach, Okeechobee, Fort Pierce, Hobe Sound and Clermont. The freeze warning is in effect from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. Friday.

For the northeast Florida area, a Freeze Warning is in effect from midnight until 8 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Jacksonville. Forecasters warned of temperatures in the 20s for inland locations, but the freeze warning also included the areas of Jasper, Live Oak, Lake City, MacClenny, Fernandina Beach, Jacksonville, Lake Butler, Starke, Green Cove Springs, Trenton, Gainesville, Palatka and Ocala. The Weather Service said freezing temperatures are expected “…for up to 6 hours…which could damage vegetation.”

Church shelter in Bunnell

The City of Flagler Beach said that the First United Methodist Church of Bunnell would open a cold weather shelter at the church at 205 North Pine Street, as they also did recently during cold weather. For more information, call 386-517-7305.

Space heater safety

Forecasters also noted that “…tender vegetation…and outside pets…young children…the elderly and the homeless are especially vulnerable to the cold.” As in the recent past, they also warned people to dress appropriately, be extra careful with kerosene and space heaters, and to keep space heaters “…away from curtains and other flammable materials.”

Frost Advisory

A Frost Advisory is also in effect for areas near St. Augustine, Palm Coast, Daytona Beach, Titusville and Melbourne. Forecasters said frost was possible after midnight “…on surfaces away from the beaches and barrier islands.” The frost is expected to burn off an hour or two after sunrise.

In the Daytona Beach area, patchy frost is forecast between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. Friday, with lows expected around 32. Winds will be west at about five miles an hour, becoming calm. During the day Friday, sunny skies are expected with a warm-up to around 65 degrees.

Click here to visit the National Weather Service in Melbourne website.

Click here to visit the National Weather Service in Jacksonville website.

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