HOLT, Fla., Jan. 16, 2018–The National Weather Service in Mobile has included Okaloosa County in its hard freeze warning and wind chill and winter weather advisories for tonight and tomorrow.
Today’s highs are forecast to be around 58 degrees, but will quickly plummet behind a cold front pushing down into this area later today, according to the NWS.
Lows tonight drop to around 23 degrees with winds up to 15 mph, making single-digit wind chills.
Because of this, the NWS has issued a wind chill advisory from midnight tonight through 11 a.m. Wednesday for dangerously low wind chill values between 0-and-10 degrees.
Along with the wind chill advisory, a winter weather advisory goes into effect at noon today for the entire forecast area.
Showers associated with the cold front will begin as a wintry mix of rain and snow, then transition to all light snow as temperatures fall below freezing.
This band is forecast to reach interior southeast Mississippi and southwest Alabama counties early this afternoon, the I-65 corridor between 6 p.m. and midnight and eventually pass through this area late tonight.
Snow flurries will be possible across much of the area through Tuesday afternoon and evening. Only minor snow accumulations are expected, with most only seeing up to half an inch.
With temperatures dropping behind the front, a hard freeze warning for this area is in effect Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
High temperatures on Wednesday will struggle to reach just above freezing by mid afternoon despite sunny skies, ranging from 33-to-38 degrees, according to the NWS, with lows Wednesday between 13-to-18 degrees.
A brisk northerly wind Wednesday and Wednesday night coupled with a very cold air mass across the region means a wind chill advisory will also likely be required Wednesday night into Thursday morning, according to the NWS.
Temperatures Thursday will reach the mid 40s, falling into the upper teens to
mid 20s overnight.
National Weather Service Mobile forecast