Cold Weather

Florida Storms

Potentially damaging storms are forecast to rumble across the Florida Panhandle Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

The storms in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties are between the frigid weather earlier this week and more of the same by the weekend. Emergency management officials across the region are bracing for the overnight storms, including Escambia County’s Eric Gilmore.

It won’t exactly be Chicago with its wind chills of around 40 below zero, but the Florida Panhandle will see frigid weather in its own right the next couple of nights.

After a short bout of rain, a blast of very cold arctic air moves in this evening and will hang around until at least Thursday.

It’s been a busy January for Pensacola-area shelters, helping the homeless and heatless cope with two winter blasts.

Frigid temperatures, with lows and wind chills in the 20s and teens, hit the area twice this month as shelters saw more people coming in to avail themselves of their services, as they do whenever there’s bad weather.

“Whether that’s a hurricane, a bad storm, or of course, the severe cold,” said Waterfront spokesman Paul Stadden. “Waterfront Rescue Mission is always trying to respond to the need as best as it possibly can.”

Northwest Florida and south Alabama are bracing for another round of frigid temperatures. Residents are urged to take steps to protect themselves, including caution when heating their homes.

Two more winter storms are again targeting the Northeast with snow later this week – think of them as Valentine’s Day storms to chill the heart.

“You have a big area of cold, high pressure behind each one of them,” said Don Shepherd, a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Mobile. “And it just reinforces the dry, northerly cold flow that we have over the area.”

As Temperatures Drop Emergency Shelters Open

Nov 27, 2013

Two weeks after the first taste of winter for northwest Florida and south Alabama, another, colder round is on tap for this week.

The same weather system that’s pushing winter storm conditions towards the northeastern U.S. is sending frigid air into the Southeast. For this area, that means the coldest temperatures of the fall on Wednesday – highs in the upper 40s during the day, then dropping into the 20s that evening. Wind chill indices will be in the 20s.