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    First Frost Coming to Florida

    By By Steve Travis, Meteorologist
    November 07, 2010, 4:17:10 AM EST

    Plunging temperatures Saturday and Sunday morning will result in an early frost across part of the Deep South, including northern Florida.

    Temperatures across southern Alabama, southern Georgia and northern Florida are forecast by AccuWeather.com to dip into the middle and low 30s this weekend for several hours, especially early Sunday morning when conditions will be at their coldest.

    People may have to allow extra time to defrost their car Sunday morning, but the switch back to standard time may help a bit.

    Some farmers may need to take preventative measures to protect any sensitive crops in the field.

    Frost is not expected to reach citrus areas.

    Tallahassee, in northern Florida, is forecast to dip below 32 degrees late Saturday night while the average date for first frost is Nov. 14.


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    Similarly, temperatures for Jacksonville, Fla., are forecast only a few degrees above freezing for the early morning hours on Sunday. The average first frost dates for the River City is Nov. 16.

    Gainesville, Fla., with a forecast low temperature near 32 degrees on Saturday night, has an earlier average date of first frost (Nov. 5) compared to New York City (Nov. 11).

    Interestingly, New York City is forecast to be slightly warmer than Gainesville, Fla., during Saturday night.

    A large dip in the jet stream will result in temperatures much lower than is typical for early November along the Eastern Seaboard.

    The early chill will be aided by northerly winds behind a low pressure system in Atlantic Canada and strong high pressure over the southern Plains.

    In order to get frost, winds have to subside at night and skies need to be generally clear. This is a possibility this weekend

    By Meteorologist Steve Travis.

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