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A Chill In The Air Here Late Today; Snow, Ice In Northern FL.


South Florida will be uncharacteristically cloudy early on Wednesday, but when skies clear, look out for the chill in the air. Wednesday features clouds, some showers, and a bit of sun until skies clear in the afternoon. A high risk of dangerous rip currents continues at the Atlantic beaches. Highs on Wednesday will be near 70 degrees, but not for long. Cold air will seep in Wednesday afternoon into Thursday.

Winter storm warnings are in effect for northern Florida. Snow is in the forecst for Tallahassee. In surrounding areas precipitation could turn to ice as the storm moves across northern portions of the state.

According to the Orlando Sentinel: 

Cold weather is sweeping through Florida and bringing a chance of snow early Wednesday ahead of freezing rain north of Gainesville, meteorologist Nate McGinnis with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville says.

But, McGinnis warns, there’s only a slight chance of snow.

“I’m not going to be the Debbie Downer and say there’s going to be no flakes in Florida because there could be,” McGinnis said. “But we’re not anticipating snow.”

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for parts of North Florida, and Gov. Rick Scott urged residents and tourists to prepare. Several school districts canceled classes Wednesday, and Scott said transportation crews are spraying roads and bridges with a salt solution in anticipation of the wintry weather.

Morning lows on Thursday will be in the 40s — but with the wind chill it will feel quite a bit colder. Even with plenty of sun and just a few clouds, we’ll remain cold on Thursday. Highs on Thursday will top out near 60 degrees.

Friday will start with a chill as morning lows dip to the low 40s (and we could see frost well inland). Then we’ll see lots of sun but a chilly breeze. Friday’s highs will be in the mid 60s.

Saturday will bring good sun and a few clouds. Saturday’s highs will be in the upper 60s.

Look for good sun and some clouds on Sunday as the slow warming trend continues. Highs on Sunday will be in the low 70s.

Donna Thomas has studied hurricanes for two decades. She holds a PhD in history when her experience with Hurricane Andrew ultimately led her to earn a degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Donna spent 15 years at WFOR-TV (CBS4 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale), where she worked as a weather producer with hurricane experts Bryan Norcross and David Bernard. She also produced hurricane specials and weather-related features and news coverage, as well as serving as pool TV producer at the National Hurricane Center during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Donna also served as a researcher on NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Database Reanalysis Project. Donna specializes in Florida's hurricane history.