Wintry weather heading to area
Published: Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 12:08 a.m.
Gainesville can kiss the mild weather goodbye for now. It’s going to get colder this week, and then colder still.
The National Weather Service is forecasting low temperatures in the low to mid-30s Tuesday through Friday. Then a truly polar front is expected to blow in and bring lows in the 20s next weekend, said meteorologist Jason Hess with the service’s Jacksonville office.
“We have another front that will come through (today) and it looks like we are going to have some pretty close calls with subfreezing temperatures this week in the Gainesville area Tuesday morning, Wednesday morning and Thursday morning — pretty much Tuesday through Friday,” Hess said. “Then we get a really strong cold front with possibly the coldest air of the season coming down on Friday.
“The models are starting to come into agreement,” Hess continued, “that we could have a real hard freeze event next Saturday morning with temperatures in the mid- to upper 20s.”
Gainesville has enjoyed relatively balmy weather with cool nights and warm days recently because high pressure over the Southeast has kept the cold up north.
But a change in the pattern will clear a path for those fronts, and the cold will linger.
Starting Monday, high temperatures will be in the upper 50s to low 60s through Thursday. The high on Friday and Saturday won’t get beyond the mid-50s.
“This is going to be a pretty significant change back to more normal winter weather,” Hess said. “The ridge that stayed in place didn’t allow as many fronts to come through. Now the flow pattern is going to be out of the north this week.”
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