Pull out your jackets and your woolen hats Miamians, looks like we’re getting a little taste of what winter up north may feel like with the temperature suddenly dropping to the 40s and 50s this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
But before the cold front comes rain, with showers arriving Tuesday night and sticking around through Friday due to low pressure off the Gulf of Mexico and moisture moving in.
12/20/2022 4:30 AM: While most of South Florida will start out dry, an area of low pressure over the northern Gulf will move towards the region later this afternoon into tonight. Heavy downpours and localized flooding will be possible especially tonight. #flwx. pic.twitter.com/tCE89fNmxv
— NWS Miami (@NWSMiami) December 20, 2022
Temperatures in Miami-Dade and Broward counties are expected to drop into the high 40s on Friday night. Temperatures will hit their highest on Saturday — Christmas Eve — when they expected to be around a cool 60.
The last time Miami had a Christmas this cold was two years ago in 2020, when Christmas morning plunged down to 49, but the high that day made it to the mid-70s.
If you think that’s cold, the rest of Florida this weekend will dip to the 20s and 30s, as part of an arctic blast that’s set to take over the states, promising the coldest Christmas in decades in some parts of the country.
Considerable travel impacts behind an Arctic cold front this week. Brief bursts of heavy snow, strong wind gusts, and rapidly falling temperatures will likely lead to sudden whiteouts, flash freezing, and icy roads. Even in areas unaffected by snow, dangerous cold is expected. pic.twitter.com/YvgCek7oMg
— NWS Weather Prediction Center (@NWSWPC) December 20, 2022
Suddenly, Miami’s cold front is starting to feel like an absolute luxury. Just make sure to keep an eye out for frozen iguanas!
The low temperatures could cause a falling iguana alert from the National Weather Service as it has in years prior, which is when they slow down or become immobile and fall out of trees. But not to worry, their paralysis is temporary.
Keep warm and safe this festive season and most importantly, happy holidays!
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