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January 15, 2014

Light freeze expected tonight

Live Oak — From the National Weather Service out of Jacksonville

A return to seasonably cold temperatures is expected from Wednesday night through the upcoming weekend as a series of cold fronts traverse our region. A light freeze will occur late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning for inland locations, particularly over Southeast Georgia and northern portions of the Suwannee Valley. A few light showers may accompany this front over Northeast Florida on Wednesday night before temperatures turn sharply colder during the predawn hours. Northwest winds sustained at 10-15 mph early on Thursday morning will drive wind chills into the upper teens over interior Southeast Georgia, with 20s expected elsewhere. As a note, the growing season has concluded in Southeast Georgia due to the recent hard freezes, and thus we will not be issuing advisories for light freezes in Southeast Georgia until early March.

Additional cold fronts will cross our region on Friday and again early on Sunday, which will reinforce the cold air mass in place while producing strong offshore winds over the coastal waters. These fronts may bring some light rainfall to portions of our area during their passage.  A more widespread hard freeze is possible on Friday night and Saturday morning as high pressure briefly settles over our region, allowing winds to subside.   

Impacts:

 

-  Low wind chills early on Thursday morning may result in frostbite and could lead to hypothermia with more prolonged exposure.

 

- An extended period of small craft advisory conditions is expected in the offshore marine waters from Wednesday night through Sunday due to strong offshore winds.  Smaller periods of small craft advisory conditions will be possible in the near shore waters, as west to northwest winds increase during the time of cold front passages. 

 

-  An extended period of hard freeze conditions, which is possible on Saturday morning, will be potentially hazardous to sensitive vegetation, people (especially children and the elderly), as well as pets.

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