URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
207 PM EST SAT FEB 16 2013

the first widespread hard freeze of the season is expected
tonight…

a strong cold front has swept across the forecast area today. behind the front…arctic high pressure will quickly spread east from texas. this should result in a gradual calming of winds from west to east beginning after midnight. although winds will not go completely calm for most locations…the efficient transport of cold air upstream through the first part of the night will help drive temperatures down rather quickly. the first widespread hard freeze of the season will be the result. coastal panhandle
communities are the only locations excluded from the hard freeze warning. in these locations a light freeze warning remains in effect.

the cold high will move just east of the area on sunday night. this will shift the coldest air over the suwannee valley. another hard freeze will be possible across inland portions of the florida big bend and adjacent counties in south georgia. a light freeze is expected elsewhere away from the immediate coast.

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INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…ENTERPRISE…OZARK…FORT RUCKER… DALEVILLE…HEADLAND…ABBEVILLE…GENEVA…HARTFORD…SAMSON… SLOCOMB…MALVERN…TAYLOR…ASHFORD…DOTHAN…KINSEY…
COWARTS…WEBB…COTTONWOOD…REHOBETH…DE FUNIAK SPRINGS… HUDSON…BONIFAY…CRYSTAL LAKE…CHIPLEY…FIVE POINTS…
MARIANNA…GRACEVILLE…MALONE…SNEADS…YOUNGSTOWN…
BLOUNTSTOWN…WHITE CITY…WEWAHITCHKA…SWEETWATER…
APALACHICOLA…CARRABELLE…SOPCHOPPY…SAINT MARKS…
KEATON BEACH…STEINHATCHEE…SUWANNEE…GEORGETOWN…
FORT GAINES…CUTHBERT…SHELLMAN…ARLINGTON…MORGAN…EDISON… LEARY…DAWSON…ALBANY…LEESBURG…SMITHVILLE…SYLVESTER… ASHBURN…TIFTON…FITZGERALD…OCILLA…DOUGLASVILLE…BLAKELY… COLQUITT…NEWTON…CAMILLA…PELHAM…DONALSONVILLE…BAINBRIDGE 207 PM EST SAT FEB 16 2013 /107 PM CST SAT FEB 16 2013/

Hard freeze warning now in effect from 2 AM EST /1 AM cst/ to 9 AM EST /8 AM cst/ sunday,
, freeze watch in effect from late sunday night through monday morning…

the National Weather Service in tallahassee has issued a freeze watch, which is in effect from late sunday night through monday morning.

* temperature: lows 24 to 28 tonight and 27 to 32 sunday night.

* duration: hard freeze durations around 2 hours with below freezing durations around 7 hours.

* impacts: due to the mild winter thus far, and the lack of a prior hard freeze, some varieties of plants have started spring growth early. therefore some plants may be more susceptible to damage and extra care may be needed to prevent damage of this sensitive plant lift.

precautionary/preparedness actions…

a hard freeze warning means temperatures in the mid 20S or lower are imminent or highly likely. these conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation. a freeze watch means sub-freezing temperatures are possible.

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