The eastern two-thirds of the nation may be in for a wintry second week of the month, according to long-range forecasts. (Credit: NOAA/ CPC)
Florida has been basking in balmy beach weather since the end of November, with highs in the low 80s in South Florida this weekend.
But a cold front “of Arctic origin” is expected to plow through the state at the end of next week, according to National Weather Service forecaster discussions, putting at least a temporary chill on pre-holiday doings and setting up a run of winter weather, Florida-style.
Temperatures could drop into the 40s over most of South Florida by Friday or Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
That’s a mere 40-degree drop from the low- to mid-80s forecast for this weekend and into early next week. The forecast high in Naples, for example, is 83 on Monday. Inland Collier County will top out in the mid-80s before Nature issues its wake-up call to sun-worshiping residents, snowbirds and vacationers.
AccuWeather is calling for lows in the 50s starting next Friday, and continuing through the following Tuesday.
Weather Underground predicts a chilly overnight low on Friday night/ Saturday morning of 45 in Wellington. Friday’s forecast high is only 66 in Wellington.
North Florida may drop into the 30s and forecast highs on Friday are only in the 50s in places like Gainesville.
Farther north in Georgia, temperatures are expected to sink well below freezing, into the 20s, and highs may only recover into the 40s.
St. Louis is bracing for snow as early as Wednesday night, with highs in the 20s on Thursday and low temperatures plunging into the teens by Friday morning.