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A big freeze is heading right now for Florida. Does that mean it will snow?

Wintry storm brings snow to Tallahassee

Winter Storm Grayson hit most of the country on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, bringing cold temperatures and snow. It even snowed in Florida -- Tallahassee saw flurries Wednesday morning.
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Winter Storm Grayson hit most of the country on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, bringing cold temperatures and snow. It even snowed in Florida -- Tallahassee saw flurries Wednesday morning.

Get ready for another big freeze in Tallahassee and other parts of Florida.

A hard freeze alert has been issued by the National Weather Service for the state capital, with lows around 20 Wednesday night into Thursday morning. The wind chill could feel like 11 degrees, according to the forecast, as winds are predicted to nip at 10 to 15 mph.

This prolonged period of sub-freezing temperatures will be a danger for pets, livestock and sensitive vegetation, the service said. As in northern climes during the winter, exposed water pipes will be at risk of freezing and possibly bursting.

Portions of the Florida big bend and south central Georgia could feel wind chills in the teens. Frost bite and hypothermia can occur if you aren’t protecting your extremities with a hat and gloves.

As for snow … well, it’s not in the forecast because skies are expected to be clear Wednesday night and Thursday will be sunny.

A month ago, Florida was so cold that it did snow, with people waking up in Tallahassee to a winter wonderland.

Temperatures this week should rise to a high of 56 Friday, but still hit a low of 31 degrees Friday night in the Tallahassee area.

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A snowman sits on the back of a truck on Jan. 3, 2018, in Tallahassee. Another big freeze is expected Jan. 17-18 in the region. Hali Tauxe AP

The Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg areas are also under a freeze watch for Wednesday night through Thursday morning, with temperatures expected to sink into the upper 20s for coastal counties including Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough, Polk and inland Manatee. Temperatures should climb into the low 60s by Friday.

Given the wind chill, the National Weather Service suggests you limit your time outdoors and dress in warm layers of clothing. Bring pets indoors.

As for South Florida, it will be cool but not particularly worrisome for January. However, a wind chill advisory was issued by the National Weather Service for inland portions of Broward and Palm Beach counties.

According to the National Weather Service, the cold front will bring temperatures down to the upper 40s. The western suburbs, such as agricultural areas in the Redland and Homestead, would see the lowest temperatures, perhaps mid-40s, on Thursday morning.

Adding to the chill: blustery winds between 15 and 20 mph. Expect a high of 63 degrees in the Miami area on a sunny Thursday.

Miami-Dade and Broward daytime highs are expected to reach the 70s through the weekend.

The next warming trend? Early next week.

Howard Cohen: 305-376-3619, @HowardCohen

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