Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Record-Breaking Low Expected for Northeast Florida; Southeast Georgia Will Come Close, Too; Snap, It's Cold

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Record-Breaking Low Expected for Northeast Florida; Southeast Georgia Will Come Close, Too; Snap, It's Cold

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Byline: Jim Schoettler

If people thought Thursday morning was frigid in Northeast Florida, prepare for record freezing temperatures Friday, said Ben Nelson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Record lows also are expected to be approached in southeastern Georgia, Nelson said.

Nelson said a record low in the Jacksonville area of 28 degrees for Feb. 20, set in 1958, is almost guaranteed to fall Friday when temperatures are expected to hit 20 degrees at Jacksonville International Airport, with mid- to upper 20s from downtown to the Beaches.

The record low in the Brunswick/St. Simons Island area was 23 in 1958 and is expected to be about the same Friday.

Nelson said with winds forecast to be 5 to 10 mph early Friday morning, the wind chill will make the temperatures feel more like 15 to 18 degrees in parts of the Jacksonville area. The drop will begin as temperatures fall below freezing shortly after sunset.

The last time temperatures in the Jacksonville area were below 20 degrees on any day was in 2003. February's temperatures are running about 4 degrees below normal, Nelson said.

"We just have a big dome of arctic high pressure that's pushing south from Canada," Nelson said. "There's quite a lot of snow on the ground in the mid-South and the air mass hasn't been able to warm up. This will be hopefully the coldest weather we see this winter."

Nelson said a hard freeze warning will cover all of Northeast Florida, while Southeast Georgia will also be affected. Locally that includes the most significant freeze for the Beaches this year. There is also an elevated wild fire danger due to high winds and low humidity.

Record lows didn't fall Thursday despite the chill from the frigid air.

The record for Feb. 19 of 24 degrees was set back in 1958.

Nelson said the low Thursday morning was 29 degrees at the airport, while the wind chill made it feel like 22 degrees. The lows hit 32 degrees in Arlington - with a wind chill of 19 degrees - and 33 degrees in St. …

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