First Northeast Florida Freeze of the Season

Latest First Freeze in Northeast Florida in 15 years Expected Tonight

Jason Hess and Angie Enyedi, NWS Jacksonville



At the official northeast Florida climate stations of Gainesville and Jacksonville, this will be the latest first freeze since the winter season of 1994-95. The normal first freeze date at these locations is around December 3rd.  The first freeze during the 1994-95 winter season occurred in Gainesville on January 9, 1995, and in Jacksonville on January 25, 1995.



A cold arctic blast of air arriving today is expected to bring sub-freezing temperatures to most of northeast Florida tonight.  Minimum temperatures in the middle to upper 20s are expected across inland locations including the Suwannee RiverValley, with temperatures falling to near 30 degrees for areas along the I-95 corridor including Jacksonville.



During moderate to strong El Nino winters, northeast Florida generally receives less than the average number of freeze events. The normal number of winter season freeze events in Jacksonville is 18, and in Gainesville it is 16.



Latest First Freeze Dates in Jacksonville & Gainesville (data back to 1949)


Jan. 25, 1995 Jan. 9, 1995
Jan. 3, 1987 Jan. 3, 1987
Dec. 26, 2001 Dec. 24, 1961


Based on climatological data, tonight may be the third latest freeze in the past 60 years in both locations.



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