In the wake of a storm bringing snow to portions of the southern Mid Atlantic today, cold air will surge into Florida, threatening parts of the Sunshine State with frost and freeze conditions. Due to the unusually cold blast of air and the frosty conditions it’s expected to produce, the National Weather Service has hoisted Freeze Watches for portions of central and northeastern Florida.
A Freeze Watch is in effect for many counties from late Saturday night through Sunday morning. Sub freezing temperatures as low as the upper 20’s are possible across portions of inland northeast and north central Florida. According to the National Weather Service, frost and freeze conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.
“Appropriate action should be taken to ensure tender vegetation and outdoor pets have adequate protection from the cold temperatures,” the National Weather Service advised. “Young children, the elderly and the homeless are especially vulnerable to the cold. Take measures to protect them.”
A freeze watch means there is the potential for widespread freezing temperatures within the next 24 to 48 hours.