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Arctic Alert: Temps to Fall Well Below Freezing

Hard Freeze Warning (02/19/2015)
Posted at 4:27 PM, Feb 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-19 12:35:10-05

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) -- Misery loves company, and for those who believe the Arctic air plunge in the eastern U.S. is miserable, the Big Bend and southern Georgia will join the crowd Wednesday night.

The latest cold front carrying an air mass straight from the northern latitudes will trigger stronger northwest winds Wednesday evening, allowing the very cold air to flood into the region during the nighttime hours.

Temperatures will steadily fall into the freezing range after midnight, reaching the lowest readings around dawn Thursday in the low to middle 20s.  Even coastal zones will reach the upper 20s.

A hard freeze warning will be in effect for all but the immediate shoreline for temperatures at or below the mid 20s for at least two hours, and as many as six hours in the morning.

Breezy conditions will add to the chill, creating feels-like temperatures in the teens to around 20° for a period of time early Thursday.  A wind chill advisory will be in effect for these bitter-cold conditions.

Though winds will decrease Thursday afternoon, temperatures will struggle to increase, with highs peaking in the middle 40s.  Light to calm conditions Friday morning with a clear sky will cause plummeting lows into the 20s again.  A hard freeze watch for Friday morning is issued, which would be raised to a warning if the forecast trend continues.