Weather alert: South Florida cold snap to send temperature dropping to 30s, 40s; hundreds of flights canceled

01/21/2014 7:23 AM

01/22/2014 11:55 AM

Ready to chill again?

A cold front that moved into South Florida on Tuesday will drop temperatures into the 30s and 40s Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

The cool-down began Tuesday afternoon with dreary skies, rain and a dip into the 60s and later the 50s. Wednesday’s high will stay in the 60s.

“You’ll need those sweaters and jackets,” said WFOR-CBS 4 meteorologist Lissette Gonzalez.

That advice should be heartfelt on Thursday morning, when temperatures in rural and agricultural regions, including the Redland, could once again flirt with frost. A freeze watch is in effect for Glades, Hendry and interior Collier counties.

Yet again, everything is relative. Another batch of heavy snow and frigid temperatures is paralyzing the Northeast.

The National Weather Service says the storm dumped more than a foot of snow Tuesday on Philadelphia, and bitterly cold air with wind chills dipped as low as 10 degrees below zero.

The federal government shut down offices in the Washington area Tuesday because of the storm.

The northern weather already is having an effect on flight connections in South Florida.

At Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, 76 flights were canceled through late Tuesday and 48 were delayed. On Wednesday, another 61 flights were delayed and 31 were canceled, acording to spokesman Greg Meyer.

In Miami on Wednesday morning, the airport had one arrival delay, two departure delays and 33 canceled flights, according to spokesman Marc Henderson.

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