Weather Alert Day: Florida to see widespread freeze after major cold front moves in Friday night

ORLANDO, Fla. — A major cold front will move in Friday night. Download the free WFTV weather app and read updates below:

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5:30 p.m. update

Most of Central Florida is bracing for a widespread freeze that is forecast to blanket Florida late Saturday night through mid-morning Sunday.

Weather models show this could be the coldest temperatures since 2018, and possibly record breaking.

Channel 9 will be tracking the cold weather all weekend and give the latest updates on Eyewitness News.

4:45 a.m. update

Cold air will rush in Friday night, bringing Florida its biggest chill in years.

Friday’s forecast will be mostly cloudy, with a 20% chance of a shower.

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Daytime highs will reach 66.

On Friday night, the major front will move in, dropping temperatures into the 30s. The low is 38 in Orlando.

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Saturday will be cold and windy. The high is 49 degrees.

Meteorologist Brian Shields said wind chills will be a factor throughout the day and night.

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Sunday will feature the coldest weather we’ve seen in years. It will be in the 20s and 30s across Central Florida — a widespread freeze.

We’ll have frost again on Monday morning. Then it will turn warmer next week.

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Be sure to cover your plants Sunday and Monday mornings. See a guide below for more, and watch live coverage of the cold weather on Channel 9 Eyewitness News, beginning at 4 p.m.

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Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.