Hard freeze warning in effect until midday

Published: Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 05:59 PM.

The National Weather Service has reported that a hard freeze warning is in effect through this afternoon for portions of the Panhandle, including Franklin County. The hard freeze warning for Tuesday night is cancelled.

Strong northwest winds continue to transport cold air across the entire region. Temperatures have already fallen below 20 degrees across southeast Alabama and many more locations across the Panhandle are to follow. Minimum temperatures are 20 to 26 degrees this morning, with freezing temperatures expected to through midday Tuesday..

 A wind chill advisory is in effect through midday Tuesday. Temperatures between 20 and 30 degreesare combining with winds 10 to 20 mph to create wind chills raning from 0 to 20 degrees. Tonight temperatures will fall back to the upper teens to low 20s, and winds will likely remain around 5 mph

Frostbite is possible if bare skin is exposed to these condtions. Hypothermia is possible if precautions are not taken. If you must venture outdoors, make sure to wear layered clothing, and a hat and gloves. Outdoor pets should be brought inside for the duration of the event.

The duration and intensity of these cold temperatures can pose a danger to pipes, plants, pets and people who lack adequate shelter. Most buildings do not have exposed pipes, but elevated structures, like some mobile homes, may have exposed pipes that need to be protected, or these pipes could burst.

January temperature records

The following are the record temperatures for Apalachicola, provided by the National Weather Service.

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