Cold and colder

Published: Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 9:10 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 9:10 a.m.

Overnight lows in Gainesville and Ocala hit 28 degrees, a chilly taste of whatís predicted to be in store for the area Thursday night through Saturday morning.

Temperatures are expected to dip even lower Thursday night into the mid 20s, said Bob Kearns with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville. Friday night and Saturday morning temperatures are forecast to reach only 20 degrees.

A wind chill Thursday night could make it feel even colder with wind chill temperatures in the mid teens, the agency warned.

Record lows in Gainesville for Jan. 15 and Jan. 16 were 20 degrees, set in 1948 and 1927.

Low temperatures Thursday and Friday are expected to be well below the monthly average for this time of year of 42 degrees.

Advisories for a wind chill and a hard freeze warning were being issued for many parts of north Florida, including Alachua County, early Thursday ahead of the overnight lows.

An arctic air mass is to blame for the freeze. Forecasters expect it to plunge into the area Thursday night, knocking down temperatures. High temperatures in Gainesville or Ocala arenít predicted to top 60 degrees until Sunday.

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