Lows may dive into 30s and 40s next week followed by month-ending warm-up

Florida seafood festival

SOMETHING FISHY GOING ON IN THE KEYS: It’s the Florida Keys Seafood Festival at Bayview Park on Truman Avenue in Key West. The National Weather Service will have a booth at the festival and forecasters will be on hand to answer questions. The weather will be breezy but seasonably warm, with highs in the upper 70s. The cold front doesn’t arrive until late Monday. (Image credit: NWS-Key West) 

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BLUSTERY: Winds were gusting over 30 mph in many South Florida locations overnight Friday into early Saturday morning, with a few gusts over 40 mph in Miami-Dade County. The University of Miami reported a maximum gust of 45 mph while Fowey Rocks in Biscayne Bay reported 41 mph.

Gusts were in the upper-20s mph range in East-Central Florida. Key West and Marathon reported maximum gusts of 32 mph.

Winds are forecast to calm on Sunday before The Big Cold Front approaches and ushers in what may be some of the coldest air of the season. Lows will be in the 30s northwest of Lake Okeechobee on Wednesday morning before a slow warming trend begins, according to the National Weather Service.

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RECORD WATCH: Naples tied a record high Friday with 87, matching the mark set back in 1947. Record warm lows were set at St. Petersburg (68), and Sarasota (67). The Sarasota low busted an old record of 65 set in 1937.

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NO FOOLIN’ AROUND WINTER WEATHER: While Florida braces for early week lows in the 30s and 40s — and highs that “struggle to get into the 60s,” according to forecasters in Miami — the Upper Midwest and Northeast are getting an old-fashioned winter thumping, with Blizzard Warnings and white-out conditions from North Dakota south into Minnesota and Iowa.

Other areas are under Winter Storm Warnings or Winter Weather Advisories.

But nature is determined to take the Central and Eastern U.S. on a roller coaster ride as temperatures jump well into January-thaw territory at the end of the week.

Chicago is dealing with rain, fog and snow this weekend with winds of up to 45 mph, followed by falling temperatures and wind chills as low as 17 degrees below zero. Sunday morning’s actual forecast low is 5. Friday’s forecast high: 41.

Cleveland is looking for up to 8 inches of snow this weekend — followed by an end-of-the-week rebound with a forecast high Friday of 47.

Boston is looking for up to 4 inches of snow this weekend, with a forecast high Friday of 45.

Author: jnelander

Freelance writer and editor

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