Freeze Watch issued for Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia – Florida Times-Union
The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning for Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia early Monday as the result of a strong cold front that moved through the region Saturday night.
Weather Service meteorologists predict temperatures to drop to the upper 20s and low 30s with the lowest wind chills making it feel like the mid-20s.
The Freeze Warning will be in effect from 3-8 a.m. Monday. The sub-freezing temperatures could be about two to four hours, according to the forecast.
“We won’t start warming up until Tuesday, and Wednesday morning to more normal temperatures. So, the next day, day-and-a half we’ll be dealing with this,” said Andrew Shashy, a meteorologist in the Weather Service’s Jacksonville office. The cold front affected much of the East Coast of the United States, he said.
Sunday afternoon, personnel at Trinity Rescue Mission in downtown Jacksonville were uncertain whether they might see an influx of people seeking shelter from the cold that evening or Monday.
“I can tell you from experience that we do the best we can do, as far as when it’s a cold night, we try to accommodate as many people as we can …” Gregory Fisher said.
Normally, they see about 70 people a night and sometimes more at the rescue mission, said Fisher, who is in leadership at its Freedom Farm in St. Johns County and was filling in at the downtown facility during the weekend.
The low was 35 degrees Sunday morning at Jacksonville International Airport – about 15 degrees colder than the normal 50 degrees. The high Sunday was expected to be only in the low 60s, which is about 10 degrees below the normal of 73 degrees, he said.
Shashy said the preliminary forecast low at the airport Sunday night was expected to be 32