Jeff Huffman

National Weather Service

Folks on the First Coast and in Southeastern Georgia should brace for unusually cold temperatures this weekend as arctic air blankets the U.S.

Florida Public Radio meteorologist Jeff Huffman said residents should prepare by bringing  in plants and pets and layer up for frigid winds.

“This will be the strongest and most abrupt front of the winter so far for much of Florida and that includes Northeast Florida. Temperatures, ironically enough, will reach their warmest point around midnight (Friday) night – probably in the mid to upper 60s,” he said.

Jeff Huffman

The 2014 Hurricane Season is just two weeks away, and officials continue to remind Floridians to prepare the same no matter the forecast.

Jeff Huffman

A complex of thunderstorms stalled and dumped unrelenting rain over the western side of the panhandle overnight, totaling up to 20 inches in some spots. The flooding was the most severe near Pensacola, where dozens of roads were closed and cars submerged.

Jeff Huffman

A significant rain event with a low-end risk for severe weather is likely in North Florida on Friday and Friday night.

Jeff Huffman

Some local waterways could be inundated this week following today's rain.

Jeff Huffman

The same storm that is delivering "crippling" amounts of ice and snow just to our north, could bring a round of strong thunderstorms to parts of the state this evening.

Jeff Huffman

The coldest air mass since 2010, maybe 2003, has arrived in The Sunshine State.

Jeff Huffman

Some residents of Flagler County are picking up pieces of their homes today, after Saturday's soggy weather turned violent.  An EF1 tornado hit Palm Coast Saturday around 7:00pm with winds up to 105 mph.  Seven homes were completely destroyed, and officials said 164 were damaged by the storm.
 

Jeff Huffman

Cold air continues to pour in to much of Florida in the wake of last night’s front, and temperatures are likely to drop to the lowest values this season (so far) by Thanksgiving morning.  The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning for all inland counties, along with the inland areas of a few coastal counties including Nassau and Duval.  Freezing temperatures are expected in the areas shaded on the map in blue, where lows of 30 to 32 will be possible and subfreezing conditions will last approximately two hours.

The season’s tenth named storm of the season, Tropical Storm Jerry, formed in the central Atlantic Monday morning. However, a weaker disturbance over the Caribbean is more worth Floridian’s attention. Keeping with trend for much of the 2013 Hurricane Season, though, development of this feature would likely be slow to occur or might not even happen at all. Nonetheless, the system’s close proximity to land and possible movement into the Gulf of Mexico increases the chances that it could impact portions of the United States or Florida over the weekend or early next week.

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The southern Gulf of Mexico and western Caribbean have already birthed several tropical systems this season, and we may have have another one by Friday. Invest 95L, an area of low pressure over the Yucatan Peninsula, has a “high chance” (per the National Hurricane Center) of becoming a depression or tropical storm by Friday when it moves out over the warm waters of the Bay of Campeche. Unlike its predecessors, though, this potential storm could be pulled further north or northeast and potentially impact parts of the United States.

We're at the height of the hurricane season and there are three named storms over the waters of the Gulf and Atlantic. However, as has been the case for most of the season, none of them are a threat to Florida. Ingrid is the newest arrival, forming Friday morning in the Bay of Campeche, likely to threaten Mexico and Texas over the weekend with heavy rains and flooding. Humberto was the season's first hurricane, but remains only a shipping interest in the eastern Atlantic.

The season's eighth named storm of the season formed overnight in the far eastern Atlantic. Tropical Storm Humberto (pronounced "oom-BAIR-toh") formed quickly from a strong tropical wave that moved off the west coast of Africa on Sunday.