A more potent cold front will roll through South Florida this weekend with showers beginning Friday night into Saturday before leaving in a rush of 25 mph winds Sunday.
The front is expected to cap daytime highs on Sunday in the upper 60s along the coast and low 60s inland.
If those temperatures hold true, they will be 5-10 degrees cooler than normal for this time of year and a big shift from the 86 degrees West Palm Beach experienced on Tuesday.
Larry Kelly, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami, said the strong winds that will follow the cold front could push wind chill temperatures near Lake Okeechobee into the 30s early Monday morning.
Wind chill temperatures along the coast Monday morning should dip into the 40s and 50s, Kelly said.
“That will be the coldest temps we see,” Kelly said. “It’s going to be chill in South Florida Monday morning.”
The cool front that passed through Wednesday night brought showers to parts of North Palm Beach County. Temperatures today in West Palm Beach are expected to reach near 80 degrees, which is still 5 degrees above normal.
While the temperatures will dip into the low 50s overnight Sunday, there’s no snow in South Florida’s forecast.
That wasn’t the case 40 years ago on Jan. 20 when heavy snow flurries fell on Palm Beach County causing power outages, frozen crops and dead ducks.
According to a Palm Beach Post story, 15 ducks died of exposure in Boca Raton.
“People wanted to know if they were cracking up,” The Post quoted weatherman Carl Tyozandlak as saying. “I told them, ‘You’re not cracking up, it’s snowing.'”
North Florida will be seeing much more winter-like conditions with the arctic blast this weekend.
While National Weather Service forecasters said they don’t expect any “frozen precipitation” (snow), one WTLV meteorologist is saying don’t rule it out.
Sunday’s high temperature in Jacksonville is forecast to reach only 47 degrees.
Where will it snow in the south this weekend? Atlanta is forecast to get 2 inches between Friday and Saturday as the cold front sweeps through Georgia.
The National Weather Service in Atlanta has issued a winter storm watch for parts of northern Georgia.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
The Georgia Department of Transportation is loading trucks with brine to salt roads in metro Atlanta ahead of the anticipated storm, spokeswoman Natalie Dale said.
“We have prepped and loaded trucks to brine the metro area as early as overnight tomorrow night,” she said.
Officials are certainly hoping not to repeat the disastrous 2014 snow incident that paralyzed Atlanta, stranding students in schools, grounding flights and snarling traffic for miles.