While winter has not officially started in the northern hemisphere, we in Florida will get a nice taste of it this weekend.
There is a series of cold fronts crossing the state, opening the winter gates. High temperatures by Friday will be in the mid-60s, and for the weekend, half of the state will be rainy and cold, while the other half will be sunny and even colder.
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The first cold front will try to make its way down the state on Thursday, losing much of its steam along the way. This first front will stall, bringing instability, which will increase the chance for scattered showers on Friday.
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Another cold front will bring more chances for the entire area to experience some showers Saturday. This second front will also bring much drier, colder and long-lasting air mass that will keep the highs about 5 degrees below normal and lows between 10 to 15 degrees below normal.
Make sure to take your jacket with you Friday morning. Although the day might start out nice and cool, temperatures will gradually drop during the day as cooler air filters in. Friday’s highs will only be around the mid-60s, and they will register around noon.
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Saturday will be a gloomy and cold day, with highs only reaching the upper 50s, and temperatures will quickly drop further after sunset, with skies clearing. Sunday morning is forecast to be the coldest in the low 40s (northern tier of Central Florida in the 30s), and much drier air fill dominate, with sunshine returning.
Much of the United States will be under this arctic air mass. Snow is in the forecast from the Dakotas all the way to New York.
It’s coming! pic.twitter.com/PIpwow2ObR— Brian Shields (@BShieldsWFTV) December 6, 2017
Saturday's highs won't get out of the 50s! pic.twitter.com/vYBwHJm1vq— Brian Shields (@BShieldsWFTV) December 6, 2017
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