A cold front that will bring a chance of severe weather moving over the Florida peninsula on Christmas Eve will bring the coldest temperatures of the year on Christmas, according to the National Weather Service.
The front that should pass over Central Florida on Thursday night is expected to bring early morning lows in the mid- to upper-30s across the I-4 corridor and a wind chill that will make it feel in the low 30s, forecasters said.
“Temperatures plummet late Thursday night into Friday, Christmas morning,” said FOX 35 meteorologist Jayme King. “Rock bottom lows to this entire cold outbreak for the holiday.”
He said north Central Florida would see even colder, with mid-20s in some parts. The lows will make it the coldest Christmas since 1995, according to FOX 35.
For Central Florida, Christmas Day highs are projected to only hit the low to mid 50s with winds of around 15 mph.
That brings up what the NWS said will be the coldest night of the season on Friday into Saturday with lows of 31 to 34 degrees for most of Central Florida.
“A freeze looks probable for the traditionally colder areas of East Central Florida on Christmas night, along with some inland frost,” forecasters said.
So for those brave enough to trudge outside on Dec. 26 in the cold, early morning hours, there’s a chance you could see some frost and maybe make a miniature snowman.
It will be nothing like Jan. 19, 1977, when Central Florida was blanketed with snow, though.
And just like Florida swatting away a pesky bug, Monday’s high is expected to hit 70.