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Frost, Freeze to Hit Florida Peninsula Monday/Tuesday Night

By By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist
December 30, 2010, 1:08:01 AM EST

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Another frost and freeze will settle southward over Florida Monday night in the wake of the Christmas weekend blizzard. A less severe frost and freeze will occur Tuesday night.

High pressure to the west and the departing storm in the Northeast will drive cold air southward through the peninsula.

Under clear skies, winds will ease overnight into Tuesday morning, setting the stage for trouble as far south as interior South Florida.

Agricultural Meteorologist Dale Mohler expects temperatures to stop a degree or two shy of the low levels set around December 14.


"Several hours of freezing temperatures will cause problems for strawberries around the Tampa area and for vegetables near Homestead and west of Miami," Mohler stated.

Mohler added, "It does 'not' appear temperatures will be low enough, long enough, to cause damage for the citrus crop."

Temperatures will drop to record-challenging levels over much of Florida and the coastal southeastern U.S. Tuesday morning.

Southern Weather Expert Dan Kottlowski stated, "While temperatures will be several degrees higher Wednesday morning compared to Tuesday morning, there will still be some damage to unprotected strawberries and tender vegetables in Florida Wednesday morning."

Temperatures for much of the interior South appear to be out of reach as far as records are concerned with many benchmark lows in the single digits. Even with snow cover in some of these areas, temperatures are likely to bottom out in the teens in places like Nashville, Atlanta and Charlotte.

The fruit and vegetable industry is encouraged to take preventative measures in the Deep South tonight.

Homeowners may want to bring tender plants indoors or cover them to prevent loss.

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