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The return of winter weather the next few days is opening the doors to cold weather shelters across the Florida Panhandle.

Lows Friday evening are expected to drop to near freezing, and not much of a rise on Saturday night according to Dave Eversole at the National Weather Service in Mobile.

“We’re getting a really big chance in the Jet Stream pattern over the central and eastern United States,” says Eversole. “Which is allowing for surges of progressively colder air to move down into the region.”

The return of winter weather late this week and into the weekend is leading to cold weather shelters opening their doors.

Lows Thursday evening are expected to drop to near freezing, and not much of a rise on Friday and Saturday nights according to John Purdy at the National Weather Service in Mobile.

“We’ve already had a cold front moving through the region, and it’s already pushed south of the Gulf,” said Purdy. “Behind a cold front normally is a large high pressure that settles in across the area. High pressure brings cooler temperatures and clearer skies.”

T. S. Strickland

When temperatures spike, as they did during last week’s heat wave, the first to feel the heat are often the area’s homeless residents.



Area experts say though most homeless citizens are resilient and able to make do with existing resources, many particularly women, families and those with illnesses – struggle to find shelter and stay hydrated when temperatures climb.


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.


  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.

Robert Marbut, who has spent three decades working on homeless issues, visited Pensacola Wednesday and conducted a Community Forum on Homelessness sponsored by the City.

Speaking in the City Council Chambers, Marbut outlined his work with dozens of cities, and his involvement in establishing Haven for Hope in his hometown of San Antonio -- where homelessness has dropped by around 85 percent.

As Temperatures Drop Emergency Shelters Open

Nov 27, 2013

Two weeks after the first taste of winter for northwest Florida and south Alabama, another, colder round is on tap for this week.

The same weather system that’s pushing winter storm conditions towards the northeastern U.S. is sending frigid air into the Southeast. For this area, that means the coldest temperatures of the fall on Wednesday – highs in the upper 40s during the day, then dropping into the 20s that evening. Wind chill indices will be in the 20s.