Temperatures will drop 20 degrees during cold snap
Published: Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 3:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 3:01 p.m.
Break out the Snuggies and the hot cocoa for the weekend. Temperatures are about to fall 20 degrees to a below-normal level until Monday.
National Weather Service forecast for Gainesville
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Northwest wind between 10 and 14 mph.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. West wind around 6 mph.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. North wind between 6 and 9 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 31.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 64.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 33.
M.L.King Day: Sunny, with a high near 66.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.
Wednesday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 69.
The National Weather Service office in Jacksonville predicts the daytime highs will fall from the 10 degrees or so above normal we have enjoyed this week to about 10 degrees below normal for this time of year. Overnight lows also are projected to be below normal and will likely hover around freezing through the weekend.
Gainesville's high temperature Friday is projected to be near 55, with a low around 30. Light freezes are forecast for Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Meteorologist Jason Hess said the smattering of rain that fell on Wednesday was the first of two cold fronts crossing the state this week.
"The cold front moving into the region … will not be bringing any precipitation and will be much colder," Hess said. "It will be a more significant change, and we can expect temperatures to be about 20 degrees cooler."
Hess said the cool down will be over by Monday when the region will return to near-normal temperatures.
"And by Tuesday, we should have above-normal temperatures once again," Hess said.