The National Weather Service in Miami has issued a freeze warning for interior areas of Palm Beach County.
The warning is in effect from midnight to 9 a.m.
Palm Beach County will open cold shelters for a second night beginning at 7 p.m. at the Westgate Community Center in West Palm Beach and the West County Senior Center in Belle Glade.
Emergency managers said 47 people stayed in the West Palm Beach shelter overnight Thursday, with two people staying in the Belle Glade shelter.
For information on transportation to the shelters call the Palm Beach County Crisis Line at 211 or (866) 882-2991.
The NWS released overnight temperatures this morning, with some areas in Palm Beach County showing mid-30s.
The official temperature at Palm Beach International Airport hit a preliminary low of 38 degrees. That’s the coldest since February 2015, but no record breaker.
Today’s low temperature to beat is 32 degrees recorded at the airport in 1918. Tomorrow’s low temp record is 34 degrees measured in 1920.
Wind chill temperatures this morning were as low as 29 degrees in West Palm Beach.
How to read this report: “1 S Juno Beach” is one mile south of Juno Beach.
...Palm Beach County... 1 S Juno Beach 34 F 0700 AM 01/04 26.86N/80.06W Jupiter 35 F 0744 AM 01/04 26.94N/80.11W 2 ESE Belle Glade 35 F 0400 AM 01/04 26.67N/80.63W 3 SE Belle Glade 35 F 0415 AM 01/04 26.66N/80.63W 1 S Jupiter 36 F 0740 AM 01/04 26.90N/80.10W 2 S Juno Beach 36 F 0725 AM 01/04 26.84N/80.05W 2 SSE Lake Worth 37 F 0748 AM 01/04 26.58N/80.06W Delray Beach 37 F 0740 AM 01/04 26.46N/80.08W 15 W Boca Raton Equestrian 37 F 0632 AM 01/04 26.49N/80.43W 4 WNW The Acreage 37 F 0742 AM 01/04 26.80N/80.31W 2 ESE Boca Raton Equestrian 37 F 0735 AM 01/04 26.43N/80.16W 3 SSE Aberdeen Golf Course 37 F 0718 AM 01/04 26.52N/80.15W 1 E Boynton Beach 37 F 0735 AM 01/04 26.53N/80.07W 1 ENE Aberdeen Golf Course 37 F 0732 AM 01/04 26.57N/80.14W Juno Beach 37 F 0731 AM 01/04 26.89N/80.06W 2 NW West Palm Beach 38 F 0736 AM 01/04 26.73N/80.08W 1 N Greenacres City 38 F 0728 AM 01/04 26.66N/80.14W Ilnternational Airport 38 F 0653 AM 01/04 26.68N/80.10W 1 W Ocean Ridge 38 F 0730 AM 01/04 26.53N/80.07W 3 NW Haverhill 38 F 0744 AM 01/04 26.72N/80.16W 2 NNE Lake Worth 38 F 0744 AM 01/04 26.66N/80.05W 2 NE Palm Springs 38 F 0715 AM 01/04 26.65N/80.07W 1 SSE Riviera Beach 38 F 0729 AM 01/04 26.76N/80.07W 2 WNW Delray Beach 38 F 0735 AM 01/04 26.48N/80.12W 3 WSW Wellington 39 F 0325 AM 01/04 26.65N/80.29W 3 NNE Boynton Beach 39 F 0736 AM 01/04 26.57N/80.08W Boynton Beach 39 F 0724 AM 01/04 26.53N/80.08W 2 SSW Ocean Ridge 39 F 0700 AM 01/04 26.50N/80.07W 3 WNW Sandalfoot Cove 39 F 0740 AM 01/04 26.36N/80.24W 1 ENE Haverhill 39 F 0734 AM 01/04 26.70N/80.10W 2 NNW Boca Raton 39 F 0748 AM 01/04 26.39N/80.11W 2 ENE Lake Worth 39 F 0745 AM 01/04 26.64N/80.04W 1 NE Boca Raton 39 F 0723 AM 01/04 26.37N/80.09W 2 WSW Delray Beach 39 F 0744 AM 01/04 26.44N/80.13W 1 WNW Boca West 40 F 0735 AM 01/04 26.39N/80.19W 4 NNW Boca Raton Equestrian 40 F 0715 AM 01/04 26.50N/80.22W 2 E Royal Palm Beach 40 F 0731 AM 01/04 26.71N/80.19W
The early morning temps didn’t keep people in downtown West Palm Beach from venturing out.
Julie Czerwinski, a Wisconsin native, wore a Green Bay Packers sweatshirt and covered her face with a scarf to take her dog for a walk.
“I do not like this,” Czerwinski said. “But I will deal with it.”
Some Palm Beach County residents were on the hunt Thursday for space heaters that were sold out at at least one Home Depot.
Jeff Johnson, an assistant manager at The Home Depot on Okeechobee Blvd., said the store has been sold out of space heaters since 10 a.m. Wednesday.
“That first cold snap a week or two ago people were buying them up,” said Johnson. “We sold out of the rest yesterday.”
Johnson said they sold roughly 100 heaters and looked to get more from other local stores with no luck. Now, the stores are waiting to replenish their stocks and that, too, is proving to be a challenge.
“We are trying to expedite more space heaters down here,” explained Johnson. “But the trucks are being delayed because of the weather up north.”
The overnight cold deflated tires and set off many cars’ low-pressure sensors, sending drivers to line up at gas station air pumps in West Palm Beach.
The Wawa Market on Belvedere Road, one of the few stations with free air hoses, had cars lining up three-, four- and five-deep this week, as temperatures dipped into the 30s.
Ryan Roth, Vice President of Roth Farms east of Belle Glade, said Thursday morning he measured temperatures of 29 and 30 degrees in areas where lettuce, herbs and celery are planted.
“Light frost only because the wind blew and there wasn’t much moisture/dew to freeze,” Roth said. “Celery leaves are downturned, showing some early signs of damage. ”
Farmers will be assessing their fields over the next week or so.
Despite the chill, Paul Schiffman of West Palm Beach said he didn’t turn his heat on overnight.
He was, however, bundled up on a early morning walk.
“I just put everything on that I had in my closet,” Schiffman said. “I tell people I play golf in the 70s, but if it gets colder than that, I don’t go out.”
Palm Beach Post Staff Writers Tony Doris and Sarah Elsesser contributed to this report.