Freezing Temperatures for Florida, Deep South

March 4, 2013; 5:55 AM ET
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The map above shows where the expected Sunday night lows will be sub-freezing. These freezing temperatures should remain out of the immediate Orlando and Tampa metro areas, which is good news for the citrus crop.

The Deep South is immersed in a cold flow of air, and the chill will persist through Monday morning. Not until Tuesday will a milder southwesterly wind allow temperatures to rebound to normal.

It was cold enough across Florida that spotty reports of wet snowflakes and sleet mixed in with light rain showers occurred near Tampa late Saturday night.

Though Sunday night brought sub-freezing temperatures across the interior of the northern third of Florida, the state has seen colder temperatures at this time of the year. Record lows for the first week of March have included: Tallahassee at 20 F, Jacksonville at 23 F, Gainesville at 22 F, Tampa at 29 F, Orlando at 25 F and Fort Myers at 33 F. These records will go untouched.

The rest of the Southeast had low temperatures in the 20s Sunday night.

Turning the page to Tuesday, the weather will be noticeably warmer especially from Georgia southward. To the north, however, it will remain on the cool side early in the week and another shot of cold will hit the the Carolina region Wednesday. That next surge of cold air will be accompanied by snow late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina could get a few inches then and up to a foot of snow will fall on the Smoky Mountains.

The system bringing the snow is the one that will cause widespread travel delays and cancellations in the Midwest Tuesday and the central Appalachians and mid-Atlantic Wednesday. This storm is not likely to turn up the coast which means New England probably will not get this one. More about this big storm can be found in this news story.

The thumbnail image of frozen berries is courtesy of photos.com.

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