Freezing weather, heavy frost to start the week

Calvin Hancock, a UF staffer at the college of veterinary medicine, works to cover his bell pepper plants to protect them from the freezing weather that is expected Sunday evening, at the UF Student Agriculture Gardens, in Gainesville Sunday March 3, 2013.

Brad McClenny/Staff photographer
Published: Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 5:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 5:57 p.m.

Starting late Sunday night and Monday, a hard freeze is predicted for Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Gilchrist and Union counties.

Temperatures will drop to the high 20s from 10 p.m. Sunday to 9 a.m. Monday, said Jason Hess, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Jacksonville. After the hard freeze, a heavy frost is expected with temperatures rising in the mid-60s later in the day.

The National Weather Service website recommends that outdoor water pipes should be wrapped, drained and allowed to drip slowly to prevent freezing and possible bursting. In-ground sprinkler systems should be drained or covered.

“The rest of the week, we're not expecting any hazardous weather, but it will be a bit windy at times,” he said.

A weak front is moving through the region, which may cause some light showers on late Tuesday and early Wednesday. Both days have a 30 percent chance of rain, but warmer temperatures in the high 60s and mid 70s, Hess said.

Thursday and Friday will a bit cooler than normal with expected temperatures in the high 60s and low 40s. The weekend will be mostly sunny at the beginning and then turn partly cloudy, and temperatures should resume to their normal levels in the high 70s and low 40s, Hess said.

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