Hard freeze warning in effect until Christmas Day

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee has issued a hard freeze warning for portions of Southeast Alabama, Big Bend, Panhandle Florida and South Central and Southwest Georgia.

Sub freezing temperatures as low as 17 degrees are possible from Friday evening, Dec. 21 to Sunday morning, Dec. 25.

According to the NWS, temperatures Saturday afternoon will struggle to get above freezing in many spots. If areas do manage to rise above freezing Saturday afternoon, it would only be for a few hours before falling below freezing after sunset Saturday evening. Another hard freeze is expected again Saturday night into Sunday morning. This prolonged period of sub-freezing temperatures may place additional stress on exposed pipes and present danger to unprotected people and pets. Frost and freeze conditions could kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.

Area residents are reminded to dress warmly in layers and use caution when operating space heaters indoors. Ensure that pets and plants are protected from the elements and that water pipes are insulated.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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