January 5, 2010

Florida Freeze Tonight

Near-record low temperatures will occur again tonight as a cold wave brings frost and freeze into the heart of the Sunshine State.

The cold will hold greatest significance for central Florida away from the immediate coast, along a corridor reaching north to south from about Orlando to Lake Okeechobee.

Here, any area having important citrus and winter vegetable crops will register low temperatures between 25 and 35 degrees.

Variations in wind as well as proximity to lakes or built-up areas will help to make the difference between relatively harmless lower to middle 30s and potentially damaging hard freezes.

Most of the region will fall within the former category.

Nevertheless, the coldest spots across the heart of central Florida will dip as low as 25 degrees with readings below freezing for several hours tonight into early Wednesday morning.

Story By AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews and Brett Anderson.

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