Wednesday Afternoon Update 4:02 PM

A surface high is currently centered near Panama City, FL and this is providing a very stable weather setup over our region. The sky will remain clear tonight and winds will calm, with lows near 26 degrees. The cold flow on the eats side of this high will send freezing temperatures well southward into the Sunshine. Most of the Florida Panhandle and points southward to near Lake Okeechobee are under Hard freeze Warning. Regular Freeze Warnings extend south to Miami. These are advisories that you don’t see too often! The good thing is that the extreme cold will slowly retreat over the coming days. Highs tomorrow will be near 60 in our area, with a mostly sunny sky. It won’t be as cold tomorrow night, with lows near 40.

A cold front will drop in late Friday and during the day we will have increasing clouds, with highs in the middle to upper 60s. We will have a mild south wind during the day. There will be a few showers around by Friday afternoon, with a better chance of rain Friday night and into the day on Saturday. The front will settle to our south by Sunday, although overrunning moisture will help trigger spotty showers. A west to east oriented upper air pattern will set the stage for milder and occasionally cloudy/wet conditions for next week. The front will eventually retreat northward bringing the chance for showers and thunderstorms on Tuesday and Wednesday. According to the latest long range data, the front may not make a final push through the area by midweek. Therefore, we may deal with more showers and thunderstorms for the final days of the month. Be sure to join us tonight for more details! (Image: Latest GOES IR Satellite Image)

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Chief Meteorologist