Hard Freeze Likely for Northwest Florida

Hard Freeze Warning is in effect for NW FL & SW AL through 9 AM Wednesday. Please take precautions to winterize your home and protect others, your pets, plants, and pipes. 

Happy New Year, everyone!

A strong north wind is helping usher in Arctic air to the northern Gulf Coast.

Northwest Florida and Southwest Alabama are waking up to sub-freezing temperatures and wind chills in the teens.

Areas in Southwest Alabama had wind chills in the single digits Monday morning!

Our first day of 2018 will feature sun and clouds, but it will be cold and blustery. Highs will top out in the upper 30s to lower 40s in Northwest Florida, but with the wind gusting up to 30 m.p.h. (miles per hour), it will feel more like the teens and 20s.

Temperatures are forecast to drop into the mid-teens to mid-20s tonight and upper teens to mid-20s on Tuesday night; Therefore, the NWS of Mobile has issued a Hard Freeze Warning for Northwest Florida and Southwest Alabama through 9 AM on Wednesday.

Please remember the five P's: Protect PEOPLE, PETS, PLANTS, PIPES, and PRACTICE FIRE SAFETY!

The NWS of Mobile states:

A Hard Freeze Warning means temperatures of 20 degrees or lower are expected tonight and Tuesday night. These temperatures can cause exposed water pipes to burst. If you have any exterior open air piping, ensure the pipes are adequately covered and open the faucet slightly for a small stream of water overnight.
Check on elderly neighbors to make sure they have adequate heat. Area shelters should continue to expect increased demand. Outdoor pets and livestock should also have adequate warmth.
Take adequate safety precautions with heating systems, and make sure to utilize carbon monoxide detectors in enclosed spaces. Ensure space heaters are not left unattended and are not used near flammable materials such as curtains or bed coverings. Space heaters account for one out of every three home heating fires and four out of five home heating fire deaths.

Dangerous wind chills are anticipated late tonight through Tuesday morning.

The NWS of Mobile has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for all of the WEAR-TV viewing area, which goes into effect Monday night through the mid morning hours on Tuesday. Wind chills of around 1°F to 10°F will be possible, which could quickly lead to frost bite or hypothermia if precautions are not taken.

Temperatures are forecast to be in the 40s through the work week. Overnight lows will mainly be in the 20s. Temperatures may warm back into the 50s by late-weekend.

Stay up to date with the First Warning Channel 3 Weather Team as new advisories may be issued.

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