November 10, 2011

Unusual Cold, Frost Threat for North Florida

Friday will feel more like the dead of winter than the middle of November across Florida with frost also a concern.

In the wake of the front that recently triggered tornadoes across the south-central U.S., unseasonably cool air is set to plunge into Florida by Friday.

Despite sunshine, highs on Friday will be held to the 60s down to central Florida with temperatures only rising into the lower 70s in Miami and Naples.

Friday's high in Orlando will reach only 66 degrees.

The popular family destination typically warms to 80 degrees this time of year and the lower 70s during the heart of winter.

Actually, there will not be much separation between Friday's high and Orlando's normal low of 60 degrees.

Despite the cold air invasion, frost is not a concern along and south of Interstate 4.

However, patchy frost is expected in the outlying areas from Brooksville (north of Tampa) to Jacksonville.

More widespread frost will glaze the Florida Panhandle, away from the coast and downtown Tallahassee.

Patchy frost across the interior of the Florida Panhandle is a concern starting late tonight.

Residents should prepare for the impending cold by covering up or moving sensitive plants and vegetation indoors.

Be sure to provide extra warmth to pets that are kept outdoors.

By Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist at

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