Freeze likely next couple of nights

Author: Blake Mathews, Weather producer, meteorologist, bmathews@wjxt.com
Published On: Jan 31 2013 05:47:35 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 31 2013 08:50:49 AM EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla: -

Put away the shorts and flip flops and bust out the sweaters and coats! Wednesday's all-time record January high of 85 degrees will be replaced with a pair of freezes heading into Thursday night and Friday night.

The long advertised cold front arrived late Wednesday night with a strong line of showers and very gusty winds. Some of those winds knocked power out for some JEA customers overnight with as many as 700 customers still without power as of 5 a.m. Thursday.

High temperatures on Thursday will run some 25 to 30 degrees colder than what was observed on Wednesday as cooler polar air continues to filter in. 

The areas next couple of freezes are likely heading into Thursday and Friday nights. The mercury may drop into the mid and upper 20s in areas of Georgia with upper 20s and lower 30s for inland locations of Florida. A freeze watch has already been issued for Jacksonville and surrounding counties and this watch will likely be upgraded to a warning by Thursday afternoon.

With temperatures dropping into the 20s, tender plants will need to be covered and pets will need a warm place to sleep. Pipes will not be in danger of freezing. It takes temperatures into the low to mid 20s for an extended period of time pose a danger of bursting. However, if you have a sprinkler system, make sure to cover the back-flow preventers.