Area expected to warm up after freeze tonight


Published: Monday, January 27, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 10:54 p.m.
Dolly Yong took advantage of a relatively warm Sunday to visit to her garden after several days of cold and she was greeted by a wonderful sight - the broccoli, bok choi, carrots and other veggies survived just fine.
In some more good news, the National Weather Service says the harsh weather of recent days will not repeat itself for at least a week - once we get past another freeze that's forecast for tonight.
"Today is the first day I've been in my garden after the cold weather. I'm surprised my plants didn't die. Some I covered with a blanket, but just a few," Yong said at the University of Florida student agricultural gardens. "The cabbage family can survive the frost. I was happy to see everything is pretty good. I grow for my family's consumption and to give to friends. It's my hobby."
At Lake Alice, just across the street from the gardens, people were out of hibernation and were warming in the sun just like alligators.
"I have a poem to write about birds so I came out to look at them. I was really concerned about the fact that it was going to be cold, so this was a nice surprise," said Melissa Kreindel, a junior English major. "I'm from down south, so this weather has been just ridiculous for me."
Temperatures that had been in the teens and low 20s at night and 40s in the day moderated to a high of 62 degrees Sunday.
After a cold start this morning, highs will be in the 60s most of the week. Lows will be in the upper 20s tonight, then the 30s and 40s later on, said Eric Zappe, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville.
"It will be cold at night and pleasant during the day. The days are getting a little longer and you have to factor that in - more time to warm up," he said.
Cindy Swirko can be reached at 374-5024 or swirkoc@ gvillesun.com.

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