Welcome, winter: Area nipped by Friday frost

A frosty leaf sits in the grass at the entrance to Arbor Greens at NW 136th Street and Newberry Road in Jonesville on Friday morning.

Photos by BRIAN W. KRATZER/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 12:04 a.m.

Roya Sobhani, who works as the assistant property manager at Stoneridge Apartments, said she walked out of her home on NW 16th Avenue Friday morning to find an icy vehicle.

"My truck had frost all over it," Sobhani said. "But I lived in Minnesota before, so it was kind of like dejŠ vu."

With a little warm water and help from a box lid-turned-ice scraper, Sobhani was able to clear her windshield in time to make it to work, but it seems she wasn't the only one to awake to a frosty surprise this morning.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in Gainesville only reached a low of 34 degrees Friday morning, but in other areas such as Lake Butler, a low of 31 was recorded.

Even though temperatures didn't actually reach freezing, National Weather Service meteorologist Marie Trabert said as long as the winds die down, frost is possible.

"The winds probably went calm sometime after midnight," Trabert said.

This morning was forecast to be even colder with even less wind.

Trabert said the National Weather Service issued a freeze warning for between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. this morning, which likely translated into freezing temperatures for at least two hours.

But this afternoon, the high will be in the mid- to high 60s because a low pressure system will be moving in from the Gulf of Mexico, bringing warmer temperatures and rain after midnight tonight.

"It'll warm up and then it'll start getting cloudier later in the day," she says of today's weather.

Then, as soon as the low pressure system leaves Sunday, temperatures will plummet to possibly the lowest they have been all winter. Sunday's forecast includes a low of 33 and Monday night could get as low as 27 degrees in the Gainesville area.

"That's the cold air pouring back in," Trabert said. "As the low pressure leaves, winds start pouring in from the north-northwest again."

Trabert said the cold should last until at least Tuesday before the warm Florida temperatures inch back in.

Alice Wallace can be reached at 338-3109 or alice.wallace@gvillesun.com

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