Below freezing temps expected


A freeze watch is in effect Friday evening for Okaloosa County. (National Weather Service Mobile)

HOLT, Dec. 7, 2017–Okaloosa County is under a freeze watch Friday evening through Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service in Mobile is predicting sub-freezing temperatures in the upper 20s to lower 30s.

12-8Lows Friday night will be in the mid-to-upper 20s for much of the area except for lower 30s along the coast.

Saturday night will be similar.

With surface temperatures lowering into the 30s Thursday night into Friday, most areas generally west of the I-65 corridor will see a mix of snow and rain beginning
early Friday morning continuing through the evening.

DecWX2Snow chances for the Holt area have diminished, although some flurries mixed with rain are possible Friday, according to the NWS Mobile.

Patchy black ice is possible Friday night into Saturday morning as precipitation comes to an end and temperatures drop into the 20s.

Temperatures will average 10-to-12 degrees below seasonal norms with wind chills in the upper 20s to lower 30s each morning.

Another cold front is expected to move through the area Monday night and will keep temperatures below seasonable levels through the period, according to the NWS.

Sunday night will be another cold night with mid-to-upper 20s over interior areas and near freezing at the coast.

Temperatures are expected to remain above freezing Monday night and Wednesday
night, but a light freeze is possible again over interior areas Tuesday night.

This is the first cold snap to hit the Holt area this fall-winter season.

Cold Weather Preparations
  • Wear layers, gloves, hats to stay warm when outside.
  • Bring pets inside or provide them a warm shelter.
  • Cover sensitive plants, or bring them in if they’re portable.
  • Cover exposed outdoor pipes; allow outdoor faucets to drip to prevent broken frozen pipes.
  • Don’t use fuel-burning (charcoal or wood) grills or other devices inside. They release carbon monoxide gas.

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Office offers the five Ps for cold weather preparedness:

  • Protect People
  • Protect Pets
  • Protect Pipes
  • Protect Plants
  • Practice Fire Safety

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