Temperatures in the Florida Panhandle are heading south this week, with a hard freeze and single-digit wind chills expected by Thursday morning.
A big dip in the Jet Stream is enabling a dome of frigid air to slide out of western Canada southward, says Dave Eversole at the National Weather Service in Mobile. That’s expected to drop temperatures to about 20 degrees below normal in northwest Florida and south Alabama.
“We’re going to see teens for most of the area Wednesday night,” said Eversole. “Highs on Thursday probably just in the lower 40s for much of the area.”
With temperatures forecast to hover around the 40 degree mark Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, cold weather shelters have opened in Pensacola and Milton.
Brian Nall, the Pastor at Ferris Hill Baptist Church, says they’ve been opening the church’s doors for seven years when the weather turns frigid. He says the shelter is a part of their larger Benevolence Ministry.
Officials in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties joined the rest of the Florida Panhandle in late January, in bracing for a rare taste of winter precipitation.
A winter storm warning was put into effect for the western Florida Panhandle, as moisture from the Gulf of Mexico joined forces with a major blast of Arctic air. Dave Eversole at the National Weather Service, said that would mean sleet, freezing rain and possibly some snow.
One week after the first taste of winter for northwest Florida and south Alabama, another, colder round is on tap for the next couple of days. Shelters are gearing up as the temperatures go down.
According to the National Weather Service in Mobile, a cold front is pushing through the area, bringing with it will push through our area later today. Forecaster Joe Maniscalco says this is an atypically cold air mass for November, for the central Gulf Coast.
Any doubts that winter is approaching will be dispelled over the next few days and the colder weather is hanging around for the next week or so.
Temperatures across the Midwest and Plains are in the teens and 20s, with reports of snowfall amounts ranging from 10 to 16 inches. Steve Miller at the National Weather Service in Mobile says the chill is heading south later today and tonight.
That large, slow-moving storm system that’s been pummeling the Midwest and Southeast is making its presence felt along the Florida Panhandle and south Alabama.
At least 31 deaths are blamed on the system, including three in Alabama. And Don Shepherd at the National Weather Service in Mobile says the areas that were hit Monday night, likely will get more of the same today.
Forecasters say 30 tornadoes were reported overnight in seven states, resulting in at least 17 deaths in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Northwest Florida and south Alabama will catch the southernmost end of that weather system.
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma says the weather system will continue moving eastward over the next few days, bringing powerful storms and the potential for tornadoes to parts of the Midwest and Southeast.
Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana are facing the greatest risk today, but a number of storms are also likely for this area.
Forecasters predict a warming of the central Pacific Ocean known as “El Nino” will provide a break for weather-weary Americans this year.
The National Oceanic Atmospheric and Administration issued an official El Nino watch Thursday. In a typical El Nino year, there’s a stronger flow of wind at the Jet Stream level, and a stronger Jet Stream over the southern U.S.
Jeff Garmon, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Mobile, says that can increase the potential for severe storms: tornados, severe thunderstorms, squall lines, things of that nature.