Cold weather to drop temperatures this week

Brian Strange, on Shadow, waves to his daughter, Taliyha, 3, as she rides Shockey along Williston Road near Southeast 8th Avenue on Sunday, February 24, in Gainesville, Florida. Brian Strange said that they live in Archer and brought their horses to Gainesville while visiting his mother. "We ride everywhere," he said.

Lee Ferinden/Correspondent
Published: Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 9:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 9:59 p.m.

The time to wrap your shrubs in bed sheets and pull out coats is here, because temperatures will drop to near freezing later in the week.

Beginning today, temperatures will be in the low 70s and low 60s until they drop to the high 50s and low 30s on Friday and Saturday, according to the forecast.

Scattered showers will begin today and continue until Tuesday night, said National Weather Service meteorologist Sara Chase. Although there is a chance of thunderstorms, the storms are expected to be isolated on Tuesday night.

A 67 percent chance of showers is expected early today and will continue until early Tuesday. The skies will be cloudy with highs in the low 70s and lows dipping down to 62 degrees.

The storms will be moving out of the area next week after the Tuesday night rain. Tuesday will be breezy with a high of 76 degrees and low of 48 degrees, Chase said.

Wednesday will a bit colder but mostly sunny and clear, with a high of 71 degrees and low of 44 degrees.

The temperatures will continue to decrease Thursday with an expected high of 66 degrees and low of 37 degrees.

Friday and Saturday will be slightly windy and partly cloudy with temperatures ranging in the high 50s and low 30s, Chase said.

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