Gainesville will see frost Friday morning

Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 5:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 5:15 p.m.

Expect the weather across North Central Florida to be fickle as we head toward the new year.

In fact, Alachua County residents were bracing for freezing temperatures early Friday morning as a high-pressure system dominated. But the cold will be with us for less than a day.

A low of 30 degrees was forecast for Friday morning in Gainesville.

“A high-pressure system is centered right over North Central Florida, and winds will be calm, which means the temperatures (early Friday) will dip to below freezing,” said Matt Zibura, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Jacksonville.

By Friday afternoon, the high-pressure system will have moved to the east, replaced by a fast-moving, weak, low-pressure system, southerly winds and cloud cover, which will keep temperatures overnight Friday much warmer. Lows Friday night are forecast to be in the upper 40s.

But then another cold front moves late Friday or early Saturday, bringing with it a 70 percent chance of rain. That front, Zibura explained, will send temperatures back down into the mid-30s overnight Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday during the day should be clear and cool, while New Year’s Eve should warm up to the upper 60s, with the high New Year’s Day in the low 70s.

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