Floridians prepare for deep freeze

Cold temperatures may put crops at risk

BY STEPHANIE BACKUS | BALTIMORE | February 4, 2009


An arctic blast is expected to enter Florida on Wednesday night. Forecasters say temperatures could be well below freezing for several hours. State emergency management and fire officials urged residents to prepare for the chill on Wednesday.

The air mass is expected to bring frigid and dry air to the Sunshine State. Hard Freeze Warnings take effect at 10 p.m. Wednesday and are expected to last through Thursday night.

The heavy frost formation is expected on Friday morning and could put crops and other plants at risk. The dry air has also put the state on high alert for wildfires. Heavy winds are expected on Wednesday night along with near record low humidity levels. Red Flag warnings have also been put into affect for the peninsula.


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