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Below 40 degrees? That's 'frightful' weather in Jacksonville

A little bit of Buffalo is arriving in Jacksonville, Fla., this week.

It has nothing to do with football, but it's making northern Florida residents shiver.

Jacksonville was bracing for four consecutive nights below freezing for the first time in seven years.

The weather service there has lit up its website with scores of weather advisories, including wind chill and an expected hard freeze.

Public officials are asking motorists to stay off of roads because of a possibility of snow, according to the Florida Times-Union.

Reports show the city is also closing some government buildings. And humanitarian organizations are opening cold overnight shelters.

“We anticipate hundreds of people will want to come in off the streets who normally don’t want to come in off the streets," Penny Kievet, executive director of Jacksonville's City Rescue Mission, told the Times-Union.

The same Arctic air that's expected to drop Buffalo's temperatures below zero over the next three nights is also forecast to plunge as far south as central Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and the Florida panhandle.

Sub-freezing air is expected to plunge into the deep south. Here, overnight Thursday, temperatures are expected in the upper 20s in northern Florida. (

Don't think the chill in Florida will be any sort of advantage for the Bills in Sunday's NFL Wild Card game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, however.

By the time of the 1 p.m. kickoff, temperatures are expected to rebound to near 60 degrees under mostly sunny skies, the weather service said.

Here's the early forecast for Sunday's Bills-Jaguars game

Here's a comparison of the forecasts for Jacksonville and Buffalo over the next few days:

Jacksonville, Florida's weather forecast through Saturday night. (NWS Jacksonville)


Buffalo's weather forecast through Saturday night. (NWS Buffalo)



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