Ice likely on Southeast Georgia roads after hard freeze

Highs reach 40s today before another near-record breaking drop tonight

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Southeast Georgia drivers should exercise extremely caution Thursday while navigating the roads as patches of black ice are expected especially over bridges and overpasses. The snow and ice that melted yesterday re-froze overnight creating these icy patches. 

Today we'll experience sunny skies, however, northwesterly breezes keep afternoon highs in the mid-40s. Wind speeds between 10-15 mph will keep feels-like temperatures / wind chills in 30s. So bundle and stay inside as much as you can!

Tonight temperatures will drop once again, but to make matters worse it will be colder than last night. Expect lows to fall into the low-20s under mostly clear skies. A Hard Freeze Warning and Wind Chill Advisory go into effect area-wide once again this evening.

We will gradually warm up as we make our way through the weekend, although it will still be chilly. Mild temperatures are forecasted for Monday afternoon.

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The difference between a hard freeze and normal freeze is intensity. A Hard Freeze Warning is issued when at least two hours are expected below 27 degrees. A normal Freeze Warning is issued for temperatures between 27 degrees and 32 degrees for at least two hours.

The sub freezing temperatures could freeze some of the melted snow and ice on the roads, primarily to the north of the Florida-Georgia line. Icy patches on roadways, mainly in Southeast Georgia, could persist until noon today.

Remember the 5 Ps

Everyone, area-wide, should be concerned with heating your homes safely. Do not use space heaters overnight. Outdoor pets and plants should be brought in or protected from the cold. Exposed pipes to the west of I-95 should be dripped, and pool pumps should be run over inland areas.

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